Instructor: Stefani Bardin || Collaborators: Kadallah Burrowes
The previous material test, although fruitful with mycelium, did not have a consistency or texture that could be easily extruded for a 3D printer nozzle. This round of material tests, Kadallah and I blended flour, corn starch, and honey into the inoculated substrate material. We had three material tests: one with substrate and honey only, the second with substrate, flour, and honey, and the third with substrate, corn starch, and honey. We tested with corn starch and flour to thicken and smooth out the texture of the paste. We need something that extrudes easily and binds to itself well for our 3D printer. The problem is, we aren’t too sure how the corn starch or the four will affect the mycelium growth. The mushroom may not grow well with the given nutrients of the new materials. We added varying amounts of honey to each of our new mixtures to see if the sugars will help the mycelium growth.