During my final year of Industrial Design at RMIT I focused on creating sustainable systems for growing food which might restructure our urban environments to incorporate food production into the heart of the city.
I have created a connecting device which encourages and facilitates the recycling of disregarded plastic bottles to be turned into a practice, desirable and sustainable self watering planting systems which I want to share with you! Through a process of refining several iterations of the product I was able to create an intelligently designed connector which fully utilize the potential of 3D printing technology.
This 3D printed connector enables plastic bottles (with the standard size coke thread) to be attached together to form a hydroponic, self watering planter. The 3D part has been designed with the thread included, so is fully functional as soon as its done printing. There have been several holes made to allow the planters to be ad-heard or suspended in various ways.
I have set out to 3d print a revolution in urban food production, and I need your help to do it!
"Maintaining a project which had the community as its prime focus was an important factor in the creation of my Major Project. I decided to concentrate on designing and developing solutions that the Open Source community could benefit from and spread, as these people are the early adopters who are most likely going to have access to the 3D Printing technology needed to spread my innovative ideas into the public domain. As the Internet is becoming one of the most powerful tools in the pursuit of activating and perpetuating the positive changes needed to restructure human behaviours for a constructive future, I see the importance of utilising this platform to reach the largest amount of people – a global audience."
I encourage you people to print out the design, rummage through your recycling and get planting. My projects slogan is "Reclaim the curb, Grow some erb!" so I want you to bomb the streets so everyone can enjoy!