I’m currently considering 3D printing the elements required to construct a Disdyakis dodecahedron. Using mushroom media as a living mycilium “glue”.
The hubs could well be formed of durable ceramic, the struts / vertices a combination of bamboo and locally available substrate for Mycelium. I’m fortunate to have access to large quantities of spent coffee grounds.
The panels could be simply constructed with the method OP describes but I’ve been imagining the re-use of food jars screwed into a 3D printed frame in an array to avoid the expense of dealing with glazing cut to scalene angles.
Living mycelium does not suffer the shrinkage that oven baked mushroom material does. It seems that the death of the organism is required to captalise on the forms companies construct. I’m not sure that I’m okay with that.
Frankly, I’ve not mentioned the integration of 3D printing and mycelium before on this forum because I dread a lecture on the use of appropriate technology and so far this is all thought – no action. Unless you count hours grappling with the beta open source freeCAD software application.
Viewing Opensourceecology.org, and thingiverse.com/search?q=ceramics have convinced me that this open private project could be pretty Aesthetic, functional, frugal in resources and sound in intention. Please correct me if I’ve overlooked something fundamental!
Coder and Artist Michael Ang has done much of the math for this project already. I reached out to him with these musings and he responded that he too is considering employing inoculated media in 3D printer production.
See his relevant work here The Polygon Construction Kit (Polycon) -2014-2016
In my opinion, dome building is half the answer. A well constructed mycelium fused Disdyakis dodecahedron greenhouse should float on water. I envision that would be a benefit during a flood or a way to employ the centre of a large pond.
If you have the time watch the the inspiration for this train of thought check out:
Paul Burley: The Sacred Sphere - From Stone Circles to Higgs Boson [FULL LECTURE]
I value your perspective, especially if you have spotted a flaw in my thinking. Tell me now before I flow more energy into this!
Is this a good place top post any updates on my progression or should I open another thread?