Micro Planter




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Introduction: Micro Planter

About: XYZ Workshop began in early 2013, with the aim of making 3D printing accessible to the everyday person from designers, to kids, and mums. The vision was to allow anyone to enjoy that extra level of customisa...

This is XYZ Workshop's winning entry into the MyMiniFactory chess and Pen design competition.

The design is loosely based on a Bauhaus Style Chess set. We were interested in blending the simple strong geometric forms of the chess pieces with nature. The chess pieces allows nature lovers to integrate their favorite succulents or herbs into their game play.  

Each Chess piece can be planted with specific herbs or succulents to give them a level of individuality and personality. This also allows the player to assign unique textures, colors and smell to the pieces. Use some Corsican Mint to bring some minty freshness into you game, or perhaps a series of hard wearing cacti if you don't have a green thumb. 

We have also included a printable/portable chess board skin, measuring only 0.6mm thick. Printing four of these allows the player to turn any flat surface into their chessboard. Make this Green Chess set a feature in your garden, or bring the garden into your living room.



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    Thank You Instructable Community for supporting our design.
    Happy to annouce that it won 1st place in the MyMiniFactory Chess and Pen Design Competition.

    More details can be found www.facebook.com/xyzworkshop

    I think it's a great idea. I'll do it, thank you very much.


    I like the idea of planter instead of just normal pieces.

    This is a very interesting project.

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    looks very good, but what if the plants grow too much? :)

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    It seems to be growing pretty well at the moment, I'm no expert I reckon they act like bonsais, the plants grow as much as the roots can grow.

    So their growth pretty much stops when the roots have no space to grow anymore.

    Thanks all for the great comments. Again if you like the design please help us place a vote in the competition by downloading the free 3d file from


    Even if you don't own a 3d Printer, it doesn't matter a download counts as a vote. Thanks.

    This is quite clever. Great job. Thanks for posting.


    I have no love for chess, or planting... You just have made a convert!

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    I like it! Excellent and unique project - GOOD JOB!

    That is so cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!