Growduce is Meant to Grow Bacterial-Sourced Leather-Like Objects

By: Meghan Young - May 8, 2015
References: aakritijain & fastcodesign
Growduce is a 3D printer concept that feeds off of compostable scraps to grow shapes and objects that people need and want. An eco-friendly version of more common printing devices, it dreams of a future in which people are able to create their own products out of waste.

Essentially a fermentation tank, the 3D printer concept creates a bacterial-sourced leather that can take on the form of everything from a glove to a plate and more. Developed by Centre de Recherches Interdisciplinaires master's student Aakriti Jain and designer Guillian Graves, it could also brew Kombucha. Jain comments, "We understand this perhaps requires a shift in thinking about the materials we use. [But] people actually drink this and they are alive and healthy!"