NEW YORK, USA: New tech for an ancient food | Cornell Engineering | SRI Global News: February - April 2024 **sririce -- System of Rice Intensification | Scoop.it

In 2013, associate professor Derek Warner began working with the U.S. Navy, supporting their effort to 3-D print flight-critical components for the V-22 Osprey aircraft. After  thinking about other applications for custom 3-D printing, he sent an email to Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and received a response from Erika Styger at SRI-Rice. Warner then sent his doctoral student, Wenjia Gu, to Colombia to investigate more. At an SRI gathering of farmers from several South American countries she then had an opportunity to showcase a 3-D printer and a plastic prototype she had printed. It was a rotor that could be used to retrofit a weeder. With rapid prototyping, according to Gu, farmers could quickly test different designs and make adjustments based on trial and error...