Food waste and additive manufacturing are two important developments in the recent years. The first a shocking crisis, the latter a solution for a variety of problems and challenges. Two Dutch students made the two cross paths now and upcycle unwanted food into 3D-printed luxurious snacks.
Carnegie Mellon University is pioneering paper usage in various ways. In 2018 a team from their Morphing Matter Lab came up with a technology able to turn normal copy paper into a thermoplastic actuator.
The printing industry makes use of more and more originally online-based marketing strategies. The next big step in this regard is direct mail retargeting, which uses the purchase interests of online users for individual direct mail follow-ups.
When it comes to optimizing printing processes, inspection systems became standard in the last years. As they protect from errors and thereby improve the printing quality, they’re indispensable in modern printing houses.
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University’s Morphing Matter Lab decided to use warpage to their advantage and create 4D-printed objects with it. In the future, this technology might enable flat-pack furniture manufacturers to easily ship large pieces of furniture and revolutionise the industry.
MX3D, a Dutch robotics firm, 3D-printed a functional stainless steel bridge for pedestrians in Amsterdam’s red light district. The production took half a year, but the end result is so much more than a simple bridge.
In this edition of Pioneers of Printing we esteem the work of Anthony Velonis. The New York artist is mainly responsible for introducing the screen printing technology to public and making it popular, as well as inspiring other great artists such as Andy Warhol who created art with this printing technique.
The additive manufacturing industry is slowly taking over the production of vehicles. One of the first of its kind, a fully 3D-printed motorcycle, was designed and produced by the start-up BigRep, but other companies are close in.