3 Start-ups Changing The Landscape Of 3D Printing
While it may seem like it’s only something being done by expensive laboratories the truth is that 3D printing will soon be the in-house standard that television is today. There was a time not so long ago when computers took up entire rooms and had to be manned by a staff of computer scientists just to do basic functions that your first generation smart phone could do better. Technology moves fast and furious and 3D printing is here to stay.
Here are three start-ups making the most of this futuristic technology by putting their own spin on 3D printing.
3D Food: Foodini
This may sounds like a scene summary from Back To The Future Part II, but there are actual food applications for 3D printing. Looking for a healthy food creating revolution, Co-founders Emilio Sepulveda and Lynette Kucsma wanted to put their combined experience in the tech and marketing industries together with their passion for fresh, healthy food. They’re idea with Foodini is to allow both professional and private kitchens to create their own foods that aren’t processed in a factory, but processed from their 3D food printer with natural ingredients. We’d all probably love to eat homemade crackers, fresh locally sourced pasta or create healthy snackables for our kids — but the reality is that daily life is so busy, we usually end up buying the boxed stuff. It’s packed with preservatives but the alternative is making cheese crackers from scratch. Well with the Foodini, you pack in your fresh ingredients and set the 3D printer to work creating your fresh noodles, crackers or any variety of labor intensive creations and go about your day. When you’re ready for fresh food you wouldn’t have time to create at home yourself, it’s right there with the 3D printer. It’s a smart idea with healthy, fun implications!
3D Body: Oxford Performance Materials
Perhaps the most exciting of the 3D printing options is that of organ printing. This could totally revolutionize the medical industry. Amputees could print the most customized prosthetics possible. Doctors could print out medical prototypes with ease in their own practices. Already the medical advances of 3D printing are being put to use with companies like Oxford Performance Materials which was founded in 2000 purely to make use of new biomedical raw materials and 3D printing application. In partnership with donations from the Foundation for Orthopedic Reconstruction, Oxford used their patented OsteoFab technology to help reconstruct a woman’s face. The OsteoFab is a polymer material 3D printed implant that helps bone and tissue to adhere and re-grow when implanted into humans. Think of it like the anchor the vine is able to climb and grow around. 3D printing is already changing people’s lives today, as advances continue the medical implications are staggering for entrepreneurs and patients alike.
3D News: 3Dprintingindustry.com
With so much going on in 3D printing advancements, it’s no surprise that someone came up with the idea of creating a centralized website cover the latest news. Co-founders Ari Honka and Eetu Kuneinen created 3Dprintingindustry.com with a team of great writers to create a platform for news across all aspects of 3D printing. Everything from 3D printed organs to food to manufacturing – there is something for every interest on their website. There’s even coverage of fashion innovations like trim pieces for dresses and punk spikes for jackets and indiegogo campaigns for cosplay as well. Whatever your interest, business or passion you’ll be able to find a story that covers it in the 3D printing world.