Designed to mimic a delicate natural environment, the Grow Pod's unique shape and material qualities are only made possible through 3D printing. The pod creates a safe microenvironment for the growth of a vegetable seedling. The lower portion of the container has pockets that hold a small amount of soil for a seedling to grow in. Water is added through the top and drips onto the seedling below. Windows located on the front and back help drive carbon dioxide in and oxygen out. Made from transparent PolyJet material, it allows for sunlight penetration and easy viewing of the vegetables growth process. Once large enough, the plant can be transferred to a larger container outside and then harvested.
Industrial Designer - Devin Sidell
3D Printing and Contest Host - Fathom
Sponsors - SolidProfessor, GrabCad
The Grow Pod 2 has been designed to mimic nature in simplicity and complexity simultaneously. The resulting shape is not manufacturable without the help of 3D printing. I wanted the design to portray how delicate life is on Earth and how precious the foods we have are. If the Grow Pod 2 can make just one person keep their promise to eat well and maintain a healthy lifestyle, than the design is a success!