The great revolution of the noughties, the 3D printer, is making increasing headway into everyday life. From Dita von Teese's dress on the red carpet to the hip prosthesis on the operating table. A new revolution is now approaching - printed food.
Are you hungry?
Go to your computer and print out a hamburger - and do not forget the chips.
Perhaps it sounds like a scene from a pretty awful sci-fi film, but this may soon be a reality on a plate near you.
The great technological revolution in the world today occurs namely in 3D printing, or so-called “free form fabrication”.
Basic printers have been around since the turn of the millennium but the potential opportunities are now being taking seriously. From artificial kidneys to the Swedish company Arcam which has enjoyed great success with 3D printers that produce hip implants and aircraft components.
More and more designers have also picked up on the technology. Englishman Ron Arad has received attention for his 3D printed glasses and recently the burlesque star Dita Von Teese appeared on the red carpet in New York City in a stunning 3D printed dress designed by designer Michael Schmidt and architect Francis Bitonti.
The dress consists of a few hundred grams of plastic powder.
'One will also be able to print out food in the future. In any case, if we are to believe Janne Kyttanen from the Dutch design company Freedom of Creation, which fully specialises in 3D printed products and has gained great success with its beautiful lights.
“In the end it's all about displacing molecules and atoms. It is a technology we will soon master,” says Janne Kyttanen who predicts a future where we download the design blueprints online and produce our own goods from the living room sofa.
Already today you can purchase a simple 3D printer for around 600 euros.
For further information: www.freedomofcreation.com
Photo of lights: Freedom of Creation.
Photo of dress: Michael Schmidt studios.