3D Printing a Living Object: Furniture

By on October 29th, 2013 in Design

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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. 

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo 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!

1 comment

  1. We can found many furniture in market only for decoration. We can't use them any other purpose. The above furniture in this blog is one type of that product in furniture world. The fungus like structure in the above picture are really or artificial? I think it is artificial. We also bring furniture in rental basis for any function.

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