Mycelium Printer Prototype  2015

Collaboration with Stephanie Kim

Shapeoko, Mycelium, Extruding System

Imagining a printer
with a biodegradable material

Started from the question of whether we can draw with mushroom and grow the painting, Stephanie Kim and I collaborated to create a mycelium printer.

During this experiment, we created a paste with the mycelium and tested different methods of extruding.

Q. Can you draw with mushroom or fungus?

The Mycelium printer project started from the curiosity towards a drawing machine with biomaterials.

Can mushroom be a painting material?

1. Growing Mycelium
Collaborator Stephanie Kim cultivated mycelium out of Rye Berries.

Photo Credit: Stephanie Kim

2. Testing syringe extruder
We found open source syringe compressor and printed with flashforge.

3. Attaching with Shapeoko 

As syringe needed more strength, we manually extracted paste.
But we maintained syringe and hose to control the amount of paste 

4. Printing!? 

The density of the paste became an issue for creating a thinner line and the speed of the CNC.

© Eunice Choi