Digital prototyping second session 

Reflection and learnings(unlearnings?)
Working with Slow Processes - In our second digital prototyping session, we explored mycelium molding and preparation, along with clay printing. These processes unfold at a different pace than my known rhythm of prototyping. Mycelium experimentation demands careful preparation and time; it's a process that shouldn't be hurried, in my opinion. Clay preparation is intricate, requiring a precise water-clay balance for proper syringe printing. Both processes involve specific timeframes for drying or growing. Overall, these experiences triggered curiosity in both areas, and I look forward to further experimentation.

Prototyping with the Living - Prototyping with a living organism in our experimentation demands heightened awareness in each action. Respect for the organism is crucial, and precise preparation is needed to avoid waste or harm. Measures should ensure the organism thrives during and after the experiment. When working with mycelium, I think I would prefer engaging with it in its living state. I lack enough knowledge of its structure to speculate on collaboration, I'm still awaiting the evolution of the initial tests.

What you need (mycelium)
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Straw

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Flour

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Mycellium already prepared kit

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Mold

Video of preparation

Pictures of process

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3D printing heart mold

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Sterilise straw and 3D printed mold for 45 min

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Set of instructions

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Carefully open the pressure cooker

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Let the pressure cooker cool down and prepare for next person

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Disinfect whole surface and bowls, turn on camping gaz for sterilisation bubble

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Put straw in bowl, with mycelium mix and flower

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*Mix mix mix*

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Wrap mold in plastic and poke holes 

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Wrap mold in plastic and poke holes 

Ongoing investigation
Day 9 of heart mold in isolation in the dark

Clay printing

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Initial clay mix with 15percent water ratio, syringe printing

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Results a few days later - no cracking

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Initial clay mix with 15percent water ratio, syringe printing

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