Green 3D-Printed Chess Pieces
Chess can draw its roots back to probably India sometime earlier than the 6th century AD, but it could be even older than that and it could have originated China. Nevertheless, over the centuries, chess has seen several improvements, as well as design and rule changes. So, even though it might seem that the game is not the kind that you can improve upon, think again. It happened before, so it can happen again.
And here’s where 3D printing comes in. With the appearance of this technology, the actual design of the game can almost literally explode, so to speak. And this is exactly what online company, Living Chess has done. They’ve come up with a design for the pieces that also act as micro-containers for air plants. These plants can live and thrive without soil. There are about 650 species of them in existence and are native to southern United States, Mexico, Central America, and South America.
The designs used for the actual containers have been made in such a way as to combine both the modern and the traditional by using the ever-present geometry. A truly amazing work of art by any standards. The pieces are accompanied by both the plants, as well as the board which can be either bamboo or glass. Living Chess recommends that you soak and then dry the tiny plants while in their containers every week, or every 10 days. This way you can ensure their longevity.
With the concept of sustainability in mind, Living Chess has been using corn-based bioplastic for the actual pieces, and a portion of the sales will be donated to Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo. This is also where the company is based. You can buy the whole set, or you can buy each individual piece through their Etsy shop.