A group of students at the University of Maribor in Slovenia have come up with a unique way of gardening using 3D printing.
'Tiskaj ZELENO', which means Print GREEN, is a 3D printer that prints a mixture of soil and water that contains seeds of grass. The Print Green 3D printer was developed by Maja Petek, Tina Zidanšek, Urška Skaza, Danica Rženičnik and Simon Tržan and Assistant Professor Dušan Zidar.
Print Green is much more advanced than a mere Chia Pet and can print in whatever designs the user can create into a 3D model. To do so, first the user creates the desired 3D model. This 3D model file is then sent to the 3D printer, where it extrudes the soil mixture layer by layer, creating the design from the file. The printer continues layering the mixture until the model is complete.
Eventually, the 3D printed soil will sprout grass, allowing users to customize their lawn and garden in whatever designs he or she chooses. The 3D printed grass sculptures can be cared for as you would traditional grass, with sun and water.
Perhaps Print Green will be able to print with other plants in time. For now, we wait for the possibility of buying the Print Green 3D printer for home use.