Printing 3D or objects print is becoming a silent revolution that will change many things in the future. What began as a technology to print small objects of plastic from a 3D file is starting to jump to other areas as seemingly distant as medicine or gastronomy.
3D printers offer, firstly, precision. Secondly give us the possibility of reproducing manufactured objects without having to physically transport them (only its raw), something that continues to be a sort of substitute for the teleport. Will we unload us in a few years of Ikea furniture to our 3D printer? We do not know, but we know that these other initiatives that give much to think about.
Print us food
A future in which the employees of the restaurant of the moment are substituted by a printer does not seem so far away after seeing the project’s Paco Morales, a Spanish chef of avant-garde and Ferrán student Adriá. Morales has joined architects Green Geometry Lab study to create a 3D food printer.
The gastroimpresora is actually an adaptation of the so-called Open Source 3D printing machine Maker Bot. Morales and his team have transformed it with a new head and gas injectors to be able to print with melting like butter, chocolate or cheese edible materials.
The project of Morales is not much less the only one. In the laboratory Fab@home of Cornell University are experimenting with so-called substances hydrocolloids. Under this appealing little name hide edible gels that can be mixed with vitamins, flavors and nutrients in a way not very different from that you already know in products like the gummy bear.
The printing of hydrocolloids It is oriented to provide of an automated kitchen astronauts from the space program, but he has dozens of other applications for the food industry. Cornell researchers ensure that it will not be long until a 3D printing to other cooking methods and Assembly to create a domestic machine that only need to press the ‘hamburger’. Something tells us that we will pass to forget dependent the barbecue sauce to the cartridge with this condiment is exhausted.
Print US House
The download, payment, and print the parts needed to assemble an Ikea stool nor sounds so funny after seeing the project’s Janjaap Ruijssenaars. This Dutch architect working on the construction of a building by 3D printing.
The House, which looks like a huge Möbius Ribbon, is not made in the same plastic that domestic 3D printers but in a variant of the cement consisting of powder and a binding agent. The printer is able to print parts of up to six by nine meters and Enrico Dini has been designed by Robotics expert Italian. Ruijssenaars assures that the resistance of parts thus made is identical to the of building conventional materials. Moreover, although the idea is to make the pieces separately, its author ensures that machine, attached to a mobile system, could print only once housing structure.
While the good old Janjaap finishes his work, NASA investigates the possibility of spiders giant mechanical take care of the construction of the first permanent base on the moon. The key again is that don’t have to carry all the raw. A resin for agglomerating Rocky dust from the lunar surface would allow all-terrain robots equipped with 3D printers print blocks and assemble in dome-shaped bases. Then just should to bring machinery to operate the base.
If we can print with cement, nothing prevents us to print furniture with resins in various finishes. The big question is if it would end up generating a ‘piracy of objects’ downloads maps of internet-based.
Print our organs
The last great use for 3D printing is probably the most futuristic and is nothing less than to print ourselves or more specifically to our bodies. The printing of parts live It is far by the difficulty that it supposed to integrate the different structures, but the first step is already given.
This first step is none other than the printing of embryonic stem cells, a breakthrough developed by the Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh. Embryonic stem cells have the power to replicate indefinitely and take any cell structure to create different tissues. This type of crop 3D printing technique opens the door to a whole new generation of tissue for transplantation that does not cause rejection in the patient. Who knows if in the future we can print an arm identical to that we with our own genetic material.