Oct.21, 2013

In collaboration with scientists at the University of Aachen, Eric Klarenbeek develops the Mycelium Chair, a chair created using 3D printing and living organisms, such as mycelium, the threadlike network in fungi.

Designer Eric Klarenbeek's interest is combining materials in unexpected ways. He uses experimental raw materials as 3D printing material: organic substrate for mushroom growing and bioplastics. Working with scientists, Klarenbeek has developed a new way of 3D printing with living organisms. The Mycelium Chair was 3D printed using a mixture of water, powdered straw and mycelium, with a thin coating of bioplastic.

Then the mycelium began to grow on the straw within the structure. Once it fully grew the final structure became solid and strong enough to support a seated person. Then Klarenbeek dried out the structure to prevent further growth. The mycelium grows rapidly and it is light, fire-resistant, strong and durable. Klarenbeek believes this could be a great material for 3D printing.

"The chair is a metaphor for what can be achieved with materials and production methods." says Klarenbeek. He thinks that the new material could be capable of forming any products, tables, chairs, and even entire houses.

Eric Klarenbeek's 3D printed Mycelium Chair is presented at Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven this week.

Posted in 3D Printing Applications



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