Week 7

Rebecca says:

What happened this week?

We tested the brightness of the bacteria solution through the 3D printed vessels, and it looks great!

What did you learn?

I was amazed that the petri dishes that I painted up last week were still glowing this weekend. For the moment, we’re assuming that the bacteria will glow for a day or so. If we find that the culture actually lights up for a longer period of time, perhaps this could save us having to replace it each evening of the event?

What are you most inspired by/excited about?

It’s been satisfying answering some of the key questions that we’ve had since the start of the project – now we know we’re on track to achieve what we’ve got in mind.


What’s next?

The next step is to start getting some models made up. It’s probably going to be a bit of trial and error to get the design to look and work how we imagine, but I can’t wait to get started!

Siouxsie says:

What happened this week?

This week Rebecca had some little cups 3D printed for us, so we met at the lab to make sure the glow of the bacteria can be seen through the material. And they can, which didn’t come as a huge surprise given that light can travel through flesh and skin – just trying putting your hand over the top of a torch! I also had another go at the time-lapse photography and finally captured the bacteria starting to glow.

Vessel glow

What did you learn?

That the little 3D printed cups weren’t leak proof!

What are you most inspired by/excited about?

It really feels like we are making progress! I can’t wait to see how the 3D printed models come out.

What’s next?

Finalising the vessels to show the glowing bacteria off in.


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