PrintGreen has developed a device that extrudes a mud-seed substrate down onto a surface, gradually building up a 3D form that eventually bursts into green growth.
It’s surprisingly similar to my project – in terms of the material used for printing, but also unsurprisingly similar to FDM 3D printers in that the substrate and print head is held above the printed surface, and moved to create the printed form. In addition, it is also solely a printer, and only exploring the space between traditional printable materials and organic-living ones (not a bad thing).
Extract taken from: http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2015/07/living-designs-from-3d-printers/
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.