3D Printing a Living Object: Furniture

Designer Eric Klarenbeek has used 3D printing in a revolutionary way we've not seen before: printing a living piece of furniture. 
 
The Dutch designer 3D printed a chair (with an amazing design) from straw material (not seen before) and added living fungus (also not seen before). 
 
The "Mycelium Chair" includes a very thin exterior shell of "bioplastic", which we suspect is common PLA plastic. The idea is that the fungus grows and gradually consumes the straw, leaving a structure that should be "strong enough to support a person".
 
We're not sure what to make of this development; the design is amazing and the approach, revolutionary. But is this a practical technique for the future? We won't know until someone tries to sit on it. 
 

General Fabb

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has been writing Fabbaloo posts since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!

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