There are a lot of air humidifiers in the market out there especially in the past couple of years when we had to spend a lot of time indoors and needed some extra humidity in our spaces. Most of these are electric and some are even smarter than others. But of course, it would be better if we could have something that is more sustainable and can be created using sustainable materials. There have been some experiments out there and this one is a 3D-printed, non-electric one that uses recycled industrial waste.
Designer: Jiaming Liu
This concept is called Print Clay Humidifier and can be created through 3D printing using recycled ceramic powder. This non-electric humidifier is made up of two main parts. The upper part is the one where water is absorbed and then it evaporates it. The lower part is where you pour and store the water and it is glazed on the outside. The structure was created in a way that you do not need to separate it and it can be printed in just one piece.
The main ingredient used for the 3D-printed clay is recycled ceramic powder with a ratio of 1:3. Not only is it able to shape the curve formations of the humidifier but it can also improve the water absorption, which is an important thing for this device. And after the life cycle of the humidifier is finished, you can use it as recycled clinker to create other 3D clay-printed products. This makes the product truly sustainable, from how you created it, what you used to create it, and how you dispose of it is one entire life cycle.
Depending on how small or large of a space you need the humidifier, you can use it individually or combine it with other Print Clay Humidifiers. Design-wise, it tries to mimic the shape of a regular humidifier but because of the material, there is more texture to it. The product render shows you can even use the top part as a vase or a pot in case you want to add a bit of color or decoration to the otherwise plain-looking device. I don’t know if you can add color to the material itself, in case you’re not a fan of clay’s natural color. Some may say that the shape and design is a bit phallic but hey, if it works as a humidifier, then so be it.