A greener 3D printer designed by students at the University of Maribor in Slovenia is taking the current CNC printing technology in a more sustainable direction by printing with a combination of soil, seeds, and water – rather than plastic or metal. The muddy mixture holds its form, and with the right amount of watering and sunlight, will over time grow into a living object.

At this stage the technology remains experimental and has only been used for decorative purposes like bowls and creative signage but in time the true value of the technology could be exploited to create living bricks, and eventually – even living buildings.

To see more on the project watch video below: