A team of students from the University of Maribor in Slovenia have created printGREEN, the first 3D printer that can print actual living plants.
The printGREEN system uses a mixture of soil, water, and living seeds as ink and can be used to create plant formations in any shape. While the initial product takes a brick-like form, the printGREEN creation will bloom into a printed plant with the help of some water, sunshine and a little love and care. In artistic hands, there is an infinite variety of applications for printGREEN, from designing floral company logos to writing messages that can be viewed via aerial photography.
As 3D printing technology develops and grows, so does the range of surprising and imaginative applications for it. printGREEN is just one of the many ways in which 3D printing will shape our future.