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3D Printed Bonsai Trees

Dezeen reports on a recent project developed by Japanese design studio Nendo. Apparently, Nendo envisioned an “alternative to the tricky task of nurturing a bonsai tree” and therefore created Grid-Bonsai.

Grid-Bonsai is “a 3D printed version of the plant owners can prune to their liking. The traditional Japanese art form of bonsai involves using cultivation techniques to produce small plants in pots, which imitate the appearance of full-scale trees. Bonsai artists shape their trees by trimming the leaves and pruning and bending branches, as well as adding decorative elements like moss and stones to the soil.”

This art takes an intense amount of focus and effort, of course. “Maintenance of the tree requires sunlight exposure and constant watering, and often entails a substantial amount of professional expertise, which presents a challenge for retailers…Nendo explains it is still very rare to find [bonsai trees] outside of Japan due to agricultural import restrictions. As a result, the popularity of Bonsai-growing among young people and overseas has diminished.”

This is where Nendo comes in.

The studio “aims to tackle these challenges with a 3D printed version of the bonsai tree, which takes the form of an interactive puzzle-like object.” This Grid-Bonsai has been specially designed so its owner can easily trim it, “using a pair of bonsai scissors, just like a natural plant.”

Grid-Bonsai is also “designed to be user-friendly and suitable for beginners. As Nendo’s bonsais aren’t living plants, there are no import and maintenance restrictions, making over the counter sales easy both domestically and abroad.”

Currently, the Grid-Bonsai “comes in seven different shape and sizes, all referencing typical forms of the bonsai tree. Each 3D printed tree is able to be customized from its square-shaped extruded form into a smooth, rounded design.”

Image and Quotes Courtesy of Nendo and Dezeen

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