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It goes without saying that 3D printing is a very productive and accurate manufacturing method. Even a basic FDM 3D printer is an excellent and affordable prototyping and design tool that can easily be used in the privacy of your own home, so it’s hardly surprising its popularity is growing every year.

So far, however, 3D printing technology is hardly being used to produce marketable products. Sure, there are wonderful small-scale production initiatives out there already (just take a look at Shapeways), while several larger companies have moved to industrial-strength Stratasys 3D printers. Nonetheless, the vast majority of plastic objects are still being produced using the age-old injection mold production methods, that have been the gold standard in masse plastic parts production since its inception in 1872.

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Rencontre avec son fondateur René Gurka


En février dernier, nous vous présentions la BigRep One, une imprimante 3D grand format venue tout droit d’Allemagne. Développée pendant plus de 2 ans, la BigRep One affiche un volume d’impression géant de 1147 x 1000 x 1188 mm, un record pour une imprimante 3D à dépôt de fil fondu. Aujourd’hui, 3Dnatives est allé à la rencontre de son fondateur et CEO René Gurka pour en savoir plus sur les récentes avancées de Big Rep.

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3D Printing actually edible, affordable and long-last lasting food: this has been one of the greatest challenges and goals of the 3D printing industry. Sure, more and more printers capable of printing highly-detailed and wonderful objects are being released every year, but deep down every developer is still dreaming about the food replicator from Stark Trek.

Fortunately, some wonderful advances have already been made into producing an actual food printer. In recent months we’ve seen wonderful projects like the F3D Pizza Printer and the Edible Growth printing project, while the Foodini is will be released in mere months from now. Perhaps a marketable and affordable printer is just a few years away.

And this week Open Electronics shared a cool tutorial that will allow you to modify a 3Drag 3D printer, a quite typical RepRap FDM printer, with a pastry bag. Why a pastry bag? Well, this will enable it to print chocolate as well! And not just a single type of chocolate, but just milk, white and dark chocolate in just about any shape you can think of.

This adds a new level of convenience to 3D food printing. Why purchase a specialized printer if you can just add a very specific extrusion head to your own desktop 3D printer and print yourself a treat? Furthermore, it works with just about any STL file you’d commonly use to print plastic, making it a very easy and accessible technology. So why print that rabbit in PLA if you could do it in chocolate?

Central in this is their 3Drag FDM 3D printer, that is capable of working with just about any type of filament as long as its melting point is relatively low. This even opens the floor for speculation about just about any moldable food, like ‘cream, chocolate, jellies, and soft batters, allowing you to produce sweet and savory products for decorations or other shapes’. However, this tutorial is specifically focusing on chocolate, but who knows what it will be capable of?

Print yourself a treat: how to modify a 3Drag printer to print chocolate | 3D Printer News & 3D Printing News.

Printed Food

‘Hungry? Why not print yourself a nice meal?’

That is what forms the basis of one the biggest challenges in the world of printing technology. Is it possible to develop a desktop (well, kitchen top) 3D printer that is capable of printing diverse, edible, affordable and even tasty meals? It would not only reach a new level of convenience, but it would also be a wonderful solution to paradox that is the combination of world food shortages and the wasteful consumer market prevailing throughout the west. (And, of course, it would also allow 3D printing to reach the minds and wallets of the complete consumer market, rather than just a segment of it.)

Therefore, a number of companies have been doing wonderful work in developing the necessary technology to 3D print wholesome, edible, tasty and long-lasting meals. And while some wonderfully innovative initiatives have been made, all of them are currently falling woefully short of the ideal 3D printer. Especially the cooking phase remains problematic for many projects, while most are limited to just a handful of ingredients like sugar or chocolate. We recently reported on the intriguing F3D Printer, that is capable of combining and baking 3 ingredients to make an edible pizza, but while impressive it is not exactly healthy or diverse. Meanwhile, the Foodini initiative is promising, but still a long way away.

via3ders.org – The Edible Growth project: a study into sustainable, healthy 3D printed food | 3D Printer News & 3D Printing News.


Barack Obama’s 3D voice print ‘New industrial revolution’ by French digital artist Gilles Azzaro was unveiled for the first time on November 7, 2013 at 3D Printshow in London.

Gilles Azzaro’s work principally involves the three-dimensional materialization of voices and their audio reproduction. Using cutting edge technologies he reveals the forms of the invisible, transforming and magnifying them into truly amazing lunar-like landscapes. To better define his work, he created the profession of “Sculpteur de Voix” (voice sculptor).

Azzaro’s latest work is the materialization of thought and speech of Barack Obama’s ‘New industrial revolution’. Throughout the 39-second recording, a synchronised laser beam scans the reliefs of the vocal print, marking accurately the exact location of every sound and nuance. The sculpture was then printed on a desktop 3D printer in collaboration with designer Patrick SARRAN.

This 3D printed sculpture will be exhibited at 3D print show in Paris this month and in New York in February 2014.

 Watch below the official video of the 3D printed voice of Obama.


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