So we formed this non-profit to build and distribute open-source machines that recycle waste plastic into new products using 3D printing; robots that grow and prepare food while composting scraps; and to distribute the education for how to use those resources. By distributing both the machines that produce physical and food products from waste– and the education for how to use those machines–we hope to accelerate the advent of the circular economy.
Our Current Projects:
Through our initiative to Support Public Outreach, Resources, and Education (SPORE), we distribute what we learn from the R&D at Mycelium.
We currently host free classes and events to teach the public how to utilize 3D Printing and recycling to make their own products. Eventually, we hope to establish multiple SPORE chapters across the country.
The Internet of Food:
We’re excited to be participating in the food system vision prize to present an idea we’ve been thinking about for a long time. We’re presenting the concept of networked robotic food systems that produce healthy, hyper-local food, generate an income for their owners, and regenerate landscapes.
3D Printing Carts – Bringing 3D Printing to Libraries:
We build carts with everything needed to start a 3D printing space on one mobile cart; including a computer for slicing and 3D modeling, and a 3D Printer.
Our first 3D printing cart was sponsored by Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Alabama, Inc. (TMMAL) and was donated to the Cavalry Hill Public Library. With each cart donated to Public Libraries, we expect it to potentially bring 3D Printing access to an average of over 2,500 children and families per year.
Plastic Recycling Hub – Bringing Plastic Recycling to Local Universities:
As part of our pursuit of accelerating a circular lifecycle in plastic production and consumption, we’ve built and donated a small recycling hub to a local engineering university. The equipment includes a plastic shredder, a Filastruder (melts and extrudes shredded plastic into 3D Printing Filament), and a Filawinder (Automatically winds the plastic). Now students can learn how to recycle plastic waste into new 3D printing filament!
“Smart” recycling cans:
We’re currently building an open-source waste bin that automatically identifies and sorts trash from recyclables, and even food scraps. Machine learning and AI will be critical in helping to identify and sort plastic. Therefore, we’re currently working on gathering the many images of trash to train a machine learning algorithm. We will make this database of trash images open.
Eventually, we hope to reward people for deposits with “credits” to use at public 3D printing kiosks (described below) and be able to identify and sort deposited plastic.
See our Projects Page for all our projects!