Yuichiro Takeuchi, a computer scientist working with Sony Computer Science Laboratories Inc. has taken the initiative to turn a barren city rooftop into one filled with greenery. You will now be able to make your city green with 3D printed gardens which are filled with flowers and herbs. You will be able to plant these gardens on your rooftop or anywhere else. The 3D printing technology that is used by Takeuchi can print gardens of any shape. You can choose from rectangular, triangular or even panda-shaped gardens. How does the process work? Let us have a look.
3D Printed Herbs and Flowers
Takeuchi uses a 3D printer and software designed by him, to print encasements of yarn, which will hold the plant seeds. Within a few weeks these seeds will then grow into a full-fledged plant.
First the design of the shape is created on a computer and then it is fed into the 3D printer to print the yarn in the shape that you have selected. Tiny seeds are dispensed into the yarn through an attachment in the printer, once the printing process is finished.
The 3D printing approach of Takeuchi revolves around a technique called hydroponics. In this technique instead of soil, mineral nutrient material is used for growing the plants. In fact, vertical gardens are also grown using this same technique.
Printing Trees in the Future
Right now, only small plants like watercress and herbs like basil and arugula can be grown using 3D printing. However, Takeuchi plans to 3D print yarn encasements which will be able to grow vegetables, fruits and trees in the future.
The 3D printer that is in use right now is too slow to 3D print on a large scale. However, Takeuchi will spend the next year on creating a faster and bigger printer.
The idea of a greener future with use of 3D printing technology was presented by Takeuchi at the Sony CSL symposium, at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, last month.
Apart from reducing the carbon footprint, Takeuchi also has another reason for changing the rooftops of Tokyo with 3D printed gardens. With lush rooftop he hopes to bring back fireflies in his neighborhood, which have a special significance in their culture.
With dwindling trees and the threat of global warming, this method might turn out to be really helpful.
What do you think?
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