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3D Printed Hydroponics System

Comparing effects of different 3D printing materials on plant growth in hydroponics systems


Marc-Anthony Suarez


Grace Avecilla, Angelina Ziarno

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The LES Biobus community 3d printed a hydroponics system to demonstrate the efficiency of 3D printing in decreasing plastic waste and community pollution. Plastic alternatives are frequently employed in both collective and private yards. Thus, in order to counteract plastic pollution, which has reached an all-time high in community gardens, PLA was employed. PLA-based materials are not only biodegradable, but also recyclable. PLA is eventually destroyed by microbes into carbon emissions because it is made from plant-based ingredients derived from grains such as maize. To assess the impact on plant life as well as plastic pollution, the development rate of roots, leaves, and sprouting time were monitored, as well as the acidity of the water and the amount of microplastics emitted into the stream throughout the system.

This page was originally developed by BioBus Summer 2021 Jr. Scientist William Rhee.

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