A 3D Printed Chess Set That’s Also a Micro Planter

How adorable is this chess set by XYZ Workshop? Loosely based on Bauhaus-style chess pieces, this 3D printed set cleverly incorporates nature into an otherwise serious game. Each piece can hold a different herb or succulent, giving each its own unique personality. The strong geometric shapes of the planters are softened by the natural elements.


The chess set can be used indoors and out, and it’s up to the players to also choose whatever textures, colors, and smell belong to the pieces.


Winner of the October 2013 Chess-Pen Competition, you can download this template for free! Of course, you need to have a 3D printer available for use…



What herbs would you put in your chess pieces?

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