Rhyzomatic 3D

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INTRODUCTION

MYCELIUM PRINTING

AUTOMATION DIGITAL FABRICATION USING ROBOT MANUFACTURING TECHNIQUES 

Rhizomatic is part of the research about future possibilities in 3D printing material with robots (Kuka machine). In this project, we tested the mycelium of the mushroom as a natural resource for the architectural fields. Mycelium was tested as a construction element like an air cleaner and even as a metal re-builder. Throughout hundreds of tests, I reached the best and most accurate characterization of the mycelium as a future printed material. As seen in the result, the geometry is as unique as the characterization itself. The project explores the fundamental facts of nature’s life-sustaining systems in a broad context. Integral dynamics of ecological systems are explored through in-depth practical applications regarding biology, complexity, and design.

The goal of this project was to test the ability to 3D print mycelium as a natural material in order to develop new structural and environmental façades in the Torre Barro district of Barcelona. Mycelium is the vegetative part of a fungus or fungus-like bacterial colonies, consisting of masses of branching, thread-like hyphae. It provides many advantages for the built environment and has a lot of potential as a building material. In order to achieve this goal, I wanted to test and check different material combinations to get the proper blend. The next step was to test the different blends as a 3D print material, using the KUKA robot. The KUKA tests were a crucial part of the project as the material must be soft but also have strength as a self-sustaining construction material. Different techniques were used: spraying, adding, and pouring, but the one that I finally chose was 3D printing. The final step was to find the optimal facade on which to 3D print the mycelium. After making canalizations and different environment analysis tools, I found the optimal facade that can be printed and sprayed upon, focusing on integration among highly complex components

PROJECT TITLE

RHIZOMATIC | Mycelium 3D Printing

LOCATION

Barcelona- Tel Aviv

YEAR

2016

DESIGN

MYCELIUM BASED BIO COMPOSITES

ECOSYSTEMS, LIVING ORGANISM, CLIMATE, and THE CHEMICAL ENVIRONMENT

 

TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE DIGITAL DESIGN

In this part of the study, new ecological material was made from the colonized mycelium composites that were examined previously. Basic physical properties were examined, giving it strength and flexibility. In the advanced phases of the project, I developed methods for imitating the models, systems, and elements of early phases in a habitat made of complex, human-built environments. Mycelium-based biocomposites can be a renewable and biodegradable alternative for architectural construction materials. This research presents a material study as a key strategy that may address the industry’s growing need for alternative materials and products that derive from natural resources and reduce the use of non-renewable resources.

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