BIO-DESIGN: Drone grown from fungus-like material.

06. April 2020 | Material | via


Drone made from fungal material. (Credit: Ecovative Design)

According to an article from Tamlin Magee on, New York-based biomaterial company Ecovative Design provided a team taking part in the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition with a mushroom-like lightweight organic material called mycelium, which was also used to form bricks for the most recent MoMA PS1 gallery pavilion in New York by design studio The Living.

The material was grown in the shape of a drone and skinned in sheets of bacterial cellulose. These were then coated with proteins cloned from the saliva of paper wasps to create the rigid chassis of the vehicle.