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Ecovative is advancing fabrication towards a more sustainable future with our Mycelium Biofabrication Platform™.

“The stuff of science fiction”

- Forbes

 

Beyond the Basics

In recent years, biofabrication has involved engineering single-celled organisms like yeast and bacteria to produce proteins for new materials like animal-free silk or leather-like materials.

Ecovative uses mycelium, a multicellular organism. Biology is not only part of our production process, but also the key to our materials’ assembly, enabling structural complexity so far only found in nature.

Using Mycelium to Design Materials

One cell at a time, hyphae, the microscopic branches of mycelium, self assemble into complex, high performance 3D structures that are both tuneable and programmable.

By controlling the nutrients, environment, and the DNA of our organism, we are able to turn mycelium into programmable matter.

 

Our technology enables a highly controlled process of mycelium growth for specific outcomes, resulting in more freedom and control over geometry, density, size, and composition of mycelia.

How It Works

Are mushrooms really capable of building the materials of the future?

Like many natural materials including wood, leather, and natural fibers, Mushroom® Materials are durable and will last. Preferable to traditional styrofoam and other plastics, mycelium-based products are fully biodegradable and compostable. Our Mushroom® Materials do not degrade without exposure to living organisms, such as that found in soil biota, and moisture.

If you have more questions, visit our FAQs page
or check out our Material specs.

Certifications

MycoComposite™

  • For our substrate, we source agricultural waste, like chopped-up corn stalks and husks, from regional farmers.
  • The agricultural waste is steam-cleaned and introduced to mycelium.
  • Our growth trays are washed & re-used each week to grow new parts.
  • Loose particles are packed into the growth tray where the mycelium grows in a controlled environment through the substrate, and around the particles binding them together.
  • Parts are grown for 6 days and then removed from the growth tray.
  • Afterwards, the parts go into the dryer and come out ready to ship to you.

MycoFlex™

  • For our substrate, we source agricultural waste, like chopped-up corn stalks and husks, from regional farmers.
  • The agricultural waste is steam-cleaned and introduced to mycelium.
  • Our growth trays are washed & re-used each week to grow new parts.
  • Loose particles are packed into the growth tray where the mycelium grows in a controlled environment through the substrate, and around the particles binding them together.
  • We induce a very special form of aerial mycelium growth that builds up into a large sheet (3-5" tall) over the course of 5-6 days, which is removed from the growth tray.
  • We then cut this mycelium from the substrate and cut all the edges.

Material Specs

Our material comes in two primary variants today, Hemp and Aspen.

Attribute Standard Hemp Blend Aspen Blend
Density (lbs/ft3) ASTM C303 7.6 9-15
Internal Bond (psi) ASTM D1623-09 -- 12
Compressive Strength (psi) ASTM C165 18 50
Compressive Elastic Modulus (psi) ASTM C165 165 --
Screw Hold - Face (lbf) ASTM D1037-12 -- 10
Flexure Strength (psi) ASTM C203 34 --
Compostability (days) ASTM D6400 30 --
Flame Spread ASTM E84 20 --
Peak Heat Release Rate (kW/m2) ASTM E84 -- 167
Smoke Emission (m2/m2) ASTM E84 50 311
Thermal Conductivity, at 10°C (W/mK) ASTM C518 0.039 --
Water Vapor Permeation (dry cup) ASTM E96 30 --
Moisture Storage at 53.5% RH (%) ASTM C1498 8 --
Moisture Storage at 75% RH (%) ASTM C1498 12 --
24 Hour Water Swell (%) ASTM D1037-12 -- +1