Hello fellas! Kinda new here.
A big dream of mine in the near future is to make art with mushrooms, inspired by people like Eric Klarenbeek and Phil Ross. Specifically, I want to print out certain shapes / sculptures with the 3D printer in order to then grow a mushroom through it. I don’t know about you, but I’m quite amazed by it and I would like to get myself/ourselves a printer which is capable of printing biomaterials.
When it comes to that, PLA is actually suitable. But as soon as I have figured out a system, I would like to modify the system, so that we could also print other biopolymers such as a Chitosan gel with it. For this you would have to replace the print head with a syringe-like device and a separate extrusion system, like it has been done by Neri Oxman.
Now, I don’t have a plan as to which 3D printer is best for this kinda hack. I would tend to go for the Prusa MK3, but certain Delta printers seem to have a mounting system for the extruder which seem far less cumbersome to modify. I’m considering:
• Prusa i3 MKS3
• Monoprice MP10
• Monoprice Delta Pro
• FLSUN Q5
• Tevo Delta (already a bit pricy tho)
• Ender 3
• Complete DIY
• 3KU Delta kit (Arduino)
• Wait until next Black Friday
I guess a system based on Arduino would be the easiest to “hack”. The print quality is not the most important thing, but on the other hand, constant clogging would be too tedious. A decently large print volume would of course also not be verkehrt.
Happy about any kind of input