Digital Fabrication of Growth: Combining digital manufacturing of clay with natural growth of mycelium

Julian Jauk, Hana Vasatko, Lukas Gosch, Christian Ingolf, Anita Klaus, Milena Stavric

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Abstract

In this paper we will demonstrate that a digital workflow and
a living material such as mycelium, make the creation of smart structural designs possible. Ceramics industries are not as technically advanced in terms of digital fabrication, as the concrete or steel industries are. At the same time, bio-based materials that use growth as a manufacturing method, are often lacking in basic research. Our interdisciplinary research combines digital manufacturing - allowing a controlled material distribution, with the use of mycelial growth - enabling fibre connections on a microscopic scale. We developed a structure that
uses material informed toolpaths for paste-based extrusion, which are built on the foundation of experiments that compare material properties and observations of growth. In this manner the tensile strength of 3D printed unfired clay elements was increased by using mycelium as an intelligently oriented fibre reinforcement. Assembling clay-mycelium composites in a living state allows force-transmitting connections within the structure. The composite named “MyCera” has exhibited structural properties that open up the possibility of its implementation in the building industry. In this context it allows the design and efficient manufacturing of lightweight ceramic constructions customized to this composite, which would not have been possible using conventional
ceramics fabrication methods.
Originalspracheenglisch
TitelProjections
UntertitelProceedings of the 26th International Conference of the Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA) 2021
ErscheinungsortHong Kong
Herausgeber (Verlag)CAADRIA
Seiten753-762
Band1
ISBN (elektronisch)978-988-78917-5-8
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 2021
Veranstaltung26th International Conference of the Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia - Hongkong, Virtuell, China
Dauer: 29 Mär 20211 Apr 2021

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Konferenz26th International Conference of the Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia
KurztitelCAADRIA 2021
LandChina
OrtVirtuell
Zeitraum29/03/211/04/21

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