3D Print of Function Models

Motivation and challenges

Even though the broadest range of ideas for cultivation systems in general are being tested, the successful development of technical systems in the medium and long-term has not yet been achieved successfully. Many research questions are still open, which have to be identified and analysed in order to be able to apply them to the development of a suitable system. For this purpose, the developed substrate designs are being tested in regard to their cultivation ability, in that the conceived function models are being applied to physical objects using 3D printing technology and then inoculated.

Project insight and perspectives

Two different 3D printing techniques are used for substrate production. Different materials with different properties are currently being tested using fused deposition modeling (FDM). In addition to this, selective laser sintering (SLS) is planned, which creates spatial structures from a powder-form base material using a laser. In combination with or following the 3D printing, the substrate surfaces are coated with plant cells.