These days, it seems like you can 3-D print just about anything, from medical supplies to toys and it’s about to get even stranger. Thanks to printGreen, a printer developed by the University of Maribor in Slovenia, you can actually print a growing garden in any shape you desire.
The printer, which is a modified CNC printer, shoots out a damp, clay-like soil filled with small seeds, which then grow into grass.
The printer was designed and built by a student group from the University’s Intermedia Arts program, and seeks to combine art, nature, and technology. While a printed garden might seem like a strange idea, it could be used in the future as a means of food production in smaller, more efficient, and environmentally friendly spaces
Plus, it’s pretty fun to watch.
The printer can create all kinds of shapes that will then sprout and grow.
It can be used to create living artwork, signs, and displays.
Alternately, the printer can also create flower-pot-like structures, which can then be filled in with more soil and plants.
Watch the garden printer in action here:
(via deMilked, My Modern Met)
The green printer might be still a bit high-concept for everyday use, but with some adapting and tweaking, something that can lay out fertile soil and seeds might change the way we produce food. The team behind it also sees it as a way to bring more green things into everyday life.