The 3D printing can it be at the service of your garden ? Without doubt, yes, the field of possibilities is wide with this new technology! To understand how 3D printing, also called three-dimensional printing, is likely to be used in the design of your garden, let’s recall how this process works that many experts consider revolutionary.
3D printing is an additive manufacturing process. Specifically, an operator draws an object on a screen using a CAD tool (computer-aided design). The resulting file is sent to software that “slices” it and sends it to the famous 3D printer. This deposits and / or solidifies the material in question (plastic, wax, metal, etc.) layer by layer in order to obtain the final piece. It is the stacking of these successive layers that creates the volume.
How can 3D printing be applied to the garden?
It is certain that 3D printing will be particularly appreciated for the DIY gardeners (Do It Yourself) who will be able to create, thus, original plant supports, simple pots to sophisticated bins. A particularly strong trend in urban gardens or Japanese gardens , which are the focus of objects such as fountains or lanterns (but also gravel or bamboo).
Printing of garden accessories in fablabs
Today, 3D printing is still a little complicated to implement because you have to go to a “fablab”, these manufacturing laboratories that provide all kinds of machine tools for the public. You have to pay your dues to the year and get help in the use of these 3D printers. In terms of gardening, Leroy Merlin stores opened their own fablab in several of their stores.
Print 3D objects for your home garden
But what will happen in ten years? One can imagine that gardeners , budding or professional, will have a home 3D printer to create aesthetic and creative garden accessories. If you do not want to print your own objects, you can ask a 3D object editor to print an object for you and send it to you.
In a few years, 3D printers will probably be able to print borders, walls or terraces for individuals even if, for now, these machines are not yet able to print large format objects.