3D Printing: The future of printing is here!
AUSTRALIAN FOOD PRODUCER has been awarded a $50 million patent for its technology for printing the food that people love.
Key points:The company’s new technology will allow people to take pictures of their favourite food items in a photo booth without using a printerThe technology has already been tested in New Zealand, France and GermanyThe company, named Wax 3D, has developed a printer that will allow users to take photos of food items that have been created in the printer without a camera, using an image that is created from scratch and stored on the printer’s memory card.
The company says it is the first of its kind in the world.
“What we’re really aiming for is to create the most advanced photo booth ever, and we think it’s the most practical,” CEO and co-founder and head of design of Wax, Mark Hodge, told news.com.au.
“You can have photos that are not necessarily from your own collection, but you can also have photos from your family and friends, and have that be used to create a photo that has a similar look and feel.”
“This technology allows you to do that and it’s incredibly versatile,” he said.
“We’re looking at it being able to produce anything from a bowl of pasta to a bowl from a salad to a plate of soup.”
Wax’s technology is based on the same principles that have enabled the rapid spread of smartphones in the past.
“A lot of the things that people are talking about in the digital space are really just a subset of the technology that’s available to you, but the same technology can be used for a lot of different applications,” Mr Hodge said.
“The way we’re going to bring that technology to the forefront of the food industry is by having a printer to create these images.”
It’s really exciting and exciting.
“A key ingredient in the Wax technology is a 3D printer.”
The 3D model of the 3D print that you can take, that you see on the internet, is just a picture,” Mr Kodge said, “it’s not a model of what’s going on inside that 3D printed object.
“But the model that we’re looking for is something that can take photos that people would like to take of their food, that they’d like to have a picture of.”
“We want to create this image and store it somewhere, so it’s very much like the digital photos that you’d take at home, but it’s actually being taken on the computer.”
The company will start production of the product in 2018.
“This is something where the 3d print itself is actually just the digital model that you’re printing,” Mr Coker said.
“The image itself is created on a 3d scanner and it can then be used as a 3-D model.”
So we’re able to have that image be the model for what’s actually going on in that model, so that it can be created in a way that’s both efficient and is very scalable.””
There are a lot more things that can be done by this technology,” Mr Ries, the lead inventor of the company, said.
He said the technology could be used in a variety of ways.”
There’s a lot we’re just working on, so we can expand this technology to allow us to do things like a 3rd party manufacturing system,” he told news: “Or, you know, you can use it to print your own custom food that you would like.””
But it’s also a platform to be able to work on things like robotics, so for example, 3D printing can actually be a part of the robotics industry,” he added.
The patent is set to be granted by the Federal Circuit Court in Melbourne on June 12.
Mr Hodge and Mr Rives said the patent was a significant milestone.”
For us, it’s really important that the technology is licensed to other companies, and that the patent is not in the hands of a few companies who are really only interested in their own businesses,” Mr Mckenzie said.