Hi there! I’m so excited to finally share my first living landscape!!! I created a 3D structure to be the “bones” of my world using Cinema 4D – it was my first 3D modeling experience and I have to say I’m really happy with it-. When I had my “bones” I mixed agar with different food coloring and dip the inner structure into the mixes. To add my living organisms I placed oats – my mold’s food – in strategic places so the slime mold follow a specific path, after that I just added a little bit of Physarum – the mold – and I waited for the landscape to grow, this is what happened!
This weekend I had the opportunity to go down to Baltimore and meet the amazing group working at BUGGS (Baltimore Under Ground Science Space) to attend their 3D printer built workshop where we got to assemble and program our very own Jimmi~research 3D printer designed by Harrison Tyler, Evan Roche & Lucas Haroldsen. A great experience learning about electronics and 3D printing that is going to help develop further my thesis.
Here is the protocol I made on how to make your own 3D agar shapes at home with simple tools and ingredients.
DIY3DAgar (Link – click here to download)
I decided to go ahead and and see how people interact with the material and what other shapes that could create other that what I’ve done so far. I settled it up as a small, quite, crafty evening, the participants shred with me that the process was very relaxing, almost therapeutic due to the level of concentration that you need while making the shapes. Everyone enjoyed the experience a lot and they created amazing forms that I never though of before.
Table Set Up
Using multiple tools
The tallest agar shape ever
The after party
I decide to create a final prototype that is going to prove my concept and show the application of my thesis so I can jump into hacking and fabrication next semester.
– Phisical model from 3D model example using the addition and subtraction techniques explored already
– Make a mold of that structure and multiply it 4 times.
– Add slime mold to each environment at the same exact place, each environment has very small differences in composition
– User experience video *Depending on time*