Hyphae Growth

The mycelium is the vegetative part of fungi, which consists of a network of interconnected filamentous cells called hyphae. The logic followed by this structure while growing can be outlined in a defined set of rules: it is concentric, it is directional, it branches progressively, it is space-filling, etc.. We simulated this conduct computationally through an agent-based algorithm, where a certain amount of particles iteratively move away from a central point, wanders in space, and reproduce following precise behavioural instructions. Volumetric propertiey was given to the trajectory of each particle using a voxelization algorithm. The wire frame system was turned into a thee dimensional object, which was finally materialized through SLS 3D printing.

credits: Karen Antorveza, Francesco Milano, Mengdi Zha, ITECH, ICD, Uni Stuttgart.