ross stevens 3D-prints ecological wind turbine from biopolymers

ross stevens’ Wind turbine takes cues from nature


Ross Stevens’ potted plant-inspired wind turbine The potential of multi-material 3D printing Craft large-scale and You can recycle ProductsThe product was developed in collaboration with Nicole HonePower Pot Plant is an innovative 3D-printed turbine that integrates technology with nature and renewable resources to produce energy while conserving the environment. This innovative design embraces sustainable principles while offering a glimpse at a sustainable future with both aesthetic and ecologically sound energy solutions.


The duo was inspired by plants for this project. This is reflected in its visual flower-like form, its materiality, and its compact portability. The Power Pot Plant is made from a biopolymer, PLA, which comes directly from plants. Its design ensures that materials can be separated so the turbines can easily be disassembled for recycling.

ross stevens' wind turbine 3D-printed from biopolymers offers ecological energy solutions
the wind turbine’s blades are based on the Savonius rotor principle | all images courtesy of Ross Stevens



‘power pot plant’ fuses technology, nature, & renewable energy


Industrial designer and senior lecturer Ross Stevens’ recent research delves into multi-material 3D printing at the micro scale, inspired by plants. The turbine base can be secured and added weight using local materials like soil, stones or plants. The stones, soil or plants can be easily removed from the base and returned back to their original location when it is time to relocate the turbine.


Further, the Power Pot Plant’s ecological impact aligns with the broader goal of increasing locally produced renewable energy to support the growing fleet of battery-powered vehicles. Utilizing advances in low-cost and higher-powered battery designs for electric cars, the domestic-scaled Turbine allows homes to harness energy from sources such as the sun or wind.

ross stevens' wind turbine 3D-printed from biopolymers offers ecological energy solutions
Power Pot Plant produces heat and lights after collecting energy for a full day



Ross Stevens, a pioneer in 3D printing technology since 2004, and founder of the company, has been a strong advocate for digital manufacturing. digital making company Ponoko in 2007. Ponoko was founded in 2007. 


The funding for his most recent research project was provided by the MADE group Victoria University of Wellington, Victoria University of Wellington, showcases the feasibility of using recyclable and low-impact materials in an efficient yet visually appealing way.

ross stevens' wind turbine 3D-printed from biopolymers offers ecological energy solutions
Wind turbines are a beautiful addition to any landscape or architectural design, thanks to their intricate floral-like appearance.