The connection with Nature is a key element in Biomimetics, which lead creativity to sustainable innovation. In many ways, Science is out of reach to many people, and it is quite difficult to teach it through texts and arguments. It is well known that Science can better be taught trough images, as scientific images have always fascinated people by getting their attention and interest. Today it is possible to go beyond images using 3D printing for teaching. In my project, I even go further by using modern Microscopes, which allow me to blow up microscopic organisms, as pollen grains and spores, and represent them volumetrically to a size easy to appreciate for anyone. Besides, 3D printing can be done locally, using images sent via Internet. In this way, in those places where it is difficult to use such advanced technology, as Confocal and Electron Microscopy, people would still be able to obtain advanced material of study.
This project is sustainable because it is an easy way to take Technology to remote places, and the other way around, to take Nature to cities. The material created using 3D printing can be used as models for Biomimicry studies and projects, where the first step is to reconnect with Nature to obtain ideas from natures’ knowledge.
3D printing is in itself sustainable, but it could get out of hand. One day every house would have one. Before that happens, people have to learn to deal with its pros and cons or we will end up in a pile of garbage. By combining it with Natural Studies and Biomimicry it is possible to educate responsible citizens that will eventually create sustainable Solutions to problems in their communities. This is my idea.