Seeds are put into the central part of the pod, while the crystals in the surrounding compartment remove any moisture, preserving them better in the cool environment.
The product is designed to allow better use of the space, meaning it is stackable for easy storage and sealed to prevent any contamination.
Following lots of sketching, Rhino 3D was used to develop the main form and for playing with surfaces.
Once a form had been developed, it was exported into SolidWorks where the finer details were developed such as wall thicknesses and screw threads.
Various foam and rapid prototyped models were made to test ergonomics and to make sure the inner compartment where the seeds are kept was large enough for fingers to reach in.
The work of Aaron Colfer, a recent graduate from the University of West England, Bristol, he’s hoping to take it to market in the near future http://tinyurl.com/D3Dseedpod.
Aesthetically it doesn’t look like a typical gardening product, while it’s size also allows it to fit nicely into a domestic fridge without making it look like a potting shed.
An insurance policy against the extinction of plants in the wild by storing seeds for future use in large underground frozen vaults, the MSB preserves the world’s largest collection of seeds.
The product makes use of technology used on an industrial scale at the Millennium Seed Bank (MSB) at the Royal Botanical Gardens for home use.
Can store seeds for years helping to save plant species from extinction