Green 3D Printer Prints Living Designs From Organic “Ink” – Design You Trust

Green 3D Printer Prints Living Designs From Organic “Ink”


Project PrintGREEN is turning 3D printers into on-demand gardeners after designing a “green” 3D printer in 2013. The printer produces living prints, printing customized objects in a variety of sizes and forms. The project was created at the University of Maribor in Slovenia, conceived of by students Maja Petek, Tina Zidanšek, Urška Skaza, Danica Rženičnik and Simon Tržan, with help from their mentor Dušan Zidar. The project’s goal is to unite art, technology, and nature, creatively producing living designs with the help of technology.


The “ink” in the machine is a combination of soil, seeds, and water which can be designed to print in any shape or letter. After drying, the muddy mixture holds its form and begins to sprout grass from the organic material. PrintGREEN’s slogan is a twist on the old conservationist motto, “think before you print,” telling their audience to “print, because it is green.” You can follow the project’s progress on their Facebook page here.

Via Colossal, My Modern Met

If you want more awesome content, subscribe to 'Oh, Design You Trust,' our brand new Facebook page! Trust me, you won't be disappointed.

More Inspiring Stories

A Gallery Of Stunning Photos Of Classic Range Rover Conversions
R-100 Airship: Inside a British “Flying Hotel”, 1929-1930
A Piano Playing Robot
BMW Isetta: The Iconic Miniature Bubble Car Of Automotive History
This Is What Can Happen When You Don't Use Your Computer For A Month
This Instagram Account Reveals Scenes From Famous Movies With And Without Special Effects
Amazing Photos Of DMC DeLorean, Which Became Famous As The Time-Traveling Car In The “Back To The Future” Movies
These Ugly Couches That Everybody’s Grandparents Had In Their Living Room!
Car Drivers Need To Beware Of The Barnacle
Innovative Virtual Shop
This Instagrammer Turns Nails Into Works Of Art With Cityscape Designs
Spacelander was the Bicycle of the Future, 1946-1960
Ni Hao, Auto-Bots! Transformers Greet Fans in Beijing
Belarusian Designer Transforms Old Soviet Budget "Zaporozhets" Car Into Porsche Boxter
70th Anniversary Citroen H Van
The Impressive Cyberpunk Accessories Of Hiroto Ikeuchi
College Seniors Invent AI Helmet To Help The Visually Impaired See
Race Driver Ralf Schumacher Buys Classic Russian Offroad "Niva" Car
Amazing Wooden VW Beetle Made By Bosnian Pensioner
The Lost Corvettes: 36 Chevrolet Corvettes From NYC Barn Find To Be Raffled In Charity Sweepstakes
Made From Recycled Plastic Bottles, This Expandable, Reusable Face Mask Adjusts To All Face Shapes And Sizes
Mechanical Secrets of Moving Gorillas in "King Kong", 1933
Meet Selk'bag, The Wearable Sleeping Bag
The World's Most Expensive Parking Lot is in the Middle of the Ocean