Las impresoras 3D llegan a la gastronomía

28 01 2015

Así veíamos ayer en Diario de Gastronomía y nos lo explicaba muy bien el Chef Paco Morales en este vídeo.

Estas impresoras, las habíamos enseñado ya en marketing gastronómico, hace 3 años! Aquí podéis recordar ese post, lo que si es cierto, que aunque sabía que existía, no la había visto utilizar. Esta impresora fue inventada por Marcelo Coelho del MIT Media Lab

El MIT (El Instituto Tecnológico de Massachusetts, MIT, del inglés Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Nos argumenta el invento, comentado que la comida es uno de los ingredientes fundamentales de la vida. No podemos pasar un día sin que antes experimentemos el tipo de alimentos que comemos y cómo nos los comemos están estrechamente relacionados con nuestras prácticas culturales, los entornos físicos y de salud personal. No obstante, cocinamos cada vez menos.

Mientras que los medios digitales han transformado todas las facetas de la sociedad, las tecnologías fundamentales que encontramos en la cocina de hoy proporcionan sólo mejoras incrementales a las herramientas que hemos estado utilizando durante cientos de años. Es por esto que han desarrollado varios prototipos y diseños conceptuales que combinan tecnologías de fabricación digital y la comida.

Cada diseño aborda un proceso fundamental que está en el centro de la cocina, el sabor, la mezcla de los ingredientes, la transformación física y química de estos ingredientes en nuevos compuestos y, finalmente, su modelado en estéticamente agradables y deliciosas texturas y formas.

Digital Chocolatier Prototype

Este Digital Chocolatier es una máquina que permite al usuario, rápidamente diseñar y probar diferentes tipos de dulces con chocolate. En su interfaz digital el usuario puede combinar los  ingredientes que están en los contenedores del carrusel. Al salir la mezcla, ésta se enfría rápidamente para poner duro el chocolate para que se pueda comer en el momento. Se pueden almacenar recetas para utilizarlas posteriormente como vemos a continuación.

Digital Fabricator Concept

El Digital Fabricator es una impresora en 3D que imprime alimentos, que funciona almacenando, mezclando precisamente, depositando y cocinando capas de ingredientes. Todo el proceso comienza cuando se depositan los alimentos en los vasos, los cuales los refrigeran. Luego estos entran en un mezclador y “se imprimen” con una precisión inferior al milímetro. El alimento se calienta o se enfría por la cámara de Fabricator o en los tubos de calentamiento y enfriamiento situadas en la cabeza de impresora. Este proceso de fabricación no sólo permite la creación de sabores y texturas que sería completamente inimaginable a través de otras técnicas de cocina, sino que también, a través de una interfaz de pantalla táctil y la conectividad a Internet,  permite a los usuarios tener un control absoluto sobre el origen, la calidad, el valor nutricional y el sabor de cada comida.

Robotic Chef Concept

El Robotic Chef es un brazo mecánico que está diseñado para transformar un alimento físicamente y químicamente, como un filete, pescado o una fruta.

Virtuoso Mixer Concept

El Virtuoso Mixer es una máquina, que está compuesta por 3 capas que rotan como un carrusel dando la posibilidad al chef de mezclar eficientemente una gran variedad de ingredientes y experimentar con sus sabores y texturas.



Rohinni Uses 3D Printing to Cast the Thinnest Light Product In the World

21 01 2015
 lightbulbWhat if you could just print light on whatever you wanted? We’re watching 3D printing make progress in nearly every arena, so using it for creating one of the most basic needs we have on a daily basis seems only logical.

We’ve long been using creations of light based on inventions from historical geniuses and technological giants. Today though, as 3D printing advances, you will be headed in the direction of printing your own lighting with the help of US-based Rohinni and their new product, Lightpaper.

While we aren’t quite ready to unscrew all the lightbulbs in the office and throw them out, the idea of replacing them eventually with thin sheets of 3D printed light is a stunning consideration.

printingWith 3D printing being conducive to embedding a multitude of different technologies and electronics, 3D printing with light should prove to offer new innovation and flexibility for manufacturers. While Rohinni does have mild competition in the area, they do have one completely unique factor: Their product is razor thin. And flexible. And 3D printable.

According to Rohinni, the emergence of printable light is on par with 3D printing in terms of new possibilities and application potential. With a number of different mindblowing and innovative methods used to merge technologies with 3D printing and electronics, this form of lighting, which can be produced rapidly and affordably, could offer use and advancement in various applications for consumer products, and specialized areas such as automotive, for headlights.

They are the only company working to 3D print paper using an innovative method combining ink and tiny LEDs which are printed out on a conductive layer and then sandwiched between two other layers, lit up with LED current.

rohinniLight goes hand in hand with technology, and often creates that wow factor because, quite simply, it catches the eye. Rohinni is working to spotlight their technology in a bid to gain the attention of industry movers and shakers who would benefit from its applications.light

OLED (organic light emitting diodes) technology is a competing force for this product, in their use of LED technology in a series of thin, light emitting films, most commonly used to power televisions these days. But Rohinni’s eventual mainstream direction will be for backlighting for gadgets and everyday objects.

With the goal for Lightpaper to be available to the hobbyist market eventually, 2015 is the target date to bring the 3D printed light source to the commercial and industrial marketplace. They are currently still working to streamline and perfect the product.

Is this something you have thought about that would work with the technology of 3D printing? What do you think this will be useful for in particular? Tell us your thoughts in the World’s Thinnest Light forum over at




Exposición de trabajos en Grado Diseño Industrial y Diseño de Producto

11 01 2015

Este viernes han realizado la exposición de trabajos, los alumnos de la asignatura de prototipos avanzados:

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Jonathan Brand 3D Printed A Ghostly, Translucent, Full-sized Motorcycle

8 01 2015

Jonathan Brand is a designer and artist and he’s done something gearheads, motorcycle freaks and 3D printing mavens will love.

Working from his studio on Orange Street in New Haven, CT, he’s printed out an entire, full-sized replica motorcycle.


It’s based on a classic 70’s Honda CB 500, and it’s built from translucent plastics with his pair of Ultimaker 3D printers.

And it’s amazing.

Image 226Brand says that when he was living in Brooklyn and looking to buy an actual, working Honda motorcycle, he settled on the idea of buying a CB. He said that when he and his family decided to move out of the city, he was buying one to ride, but his plans changed.

But the fact that the birth of his son – and the fact that he admits to being slightly accident prone – made him decide a plastic version of a motorcycle was a better and safer way to spend his time and energy.

Born in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, Brand completed a BA from the University of Guelph, Ontario, and then finished up his master’s degree course work at Yale University. .

According to Brand, he spent quite a lot of time on the project, and that creating such accurate, usable parts involved some major hurdles.

The artist says that while he’s only been working with 3D printers for about five years, his initial experience building a Cupcake 3D printer has served him well as he took on the motorcycle project.

“If you have a lot of money, you can get a pretty robust and reliable printer, but the material still seems to be a limitation,” he added. “The biggest problem I’ve had is getting reliable quality printing materials in the US. I’d really like to experiment with a resin based printer, but for now it’s just too expensive for the large scale work I’m doing.”

To build the Honda piece, Brand used his two Ultimaker 3D printers, Rhino, Netfabb, Geomagic, Kisslicer, 3D Studio Max and Adobe Illustrator.

Accomplishing the design means working with heavy stock coated with a matte inkjet print varnish to build his initial forms, cutting the parts out by hand or with a vinyl cutter which uses a laser eye for registering the printout, and then printing and cutting each model piece by himself. He adds that the process is roughly analogous when he gets to the 3D printing stage, as the finished product is printed in small sections and glued together piece-by-piece.

And he’s convinced what he’s come up with is art and not engineering.

“I personally think it’s art, because I have a lot of respect for engineers,” Brand said. “My education is in art. I had an engineer tell me that if I knew what I was doing (from an engineering perspective) I’d never make my work, because I’d know beforehand that it wouldn’t work. I have a factory of one.”




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There’s art, and then there’s art and engineering, and artist Jonathan Brand’s fully 3D printed motorcycle fulfills both categories rather nicely. What do you think about this melding of art and reverse engineering? Please let us know in the Jonathan Brand 3D Printed Motorcycle forum thread on

Artist Jonathan Brand says he started out to buy himself a motorcycle, but ended up building one for himself that was a tad less dangerous after the birth of his son. Brand, a gearhead, technician and motorcycle fan, used a pair of Ultimaker 3D printers to make an amazingly accurate and full-sized replica of the bike he once wanted to buy, a 70’s Honda CB 500. It took more than a year to complete, but the result is a translucent, ghostly and magnificent in every way. If you want to read the whole story and see the incredible photos of the finished product, you can check it out here:



Exposición de trabajos en Prototipado

24 12 2014

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Chinese Student Receives First 3D Printed Thoracic Vertebrae Implant & the Surgery is a Success

17 12 2014

Back in August, we reported on the implantation of the world’s first 3D printed vertebrae, and it was surely a sign of things to come from the medical field. Usually once one procedure is successfully completed, other doctors and other hospitals throughout the world begin taking notice and start to consider using these same practices. Now, yet another patient has been successfully treated with 3D printed vertebrae, in a “first of its kind” surgery that took place on December 3 at the The First Affiliated Hospital located at the Zhejiang University School of Medicine  in Hangzhou, China.




Disponible el video de la conferencia del Profesor José Maria Kenny

3 12 2014

Disponible el video de la conferencia del Profesor José Maria Kenny.


Charla del Profesor Jose Kenny

27 11 2014

Dentro de las actividades de la Semana de la Ciencia, hoy 27 del noviembre, se ha impartido una clase magistral por parte del Prof. Kenny. El profesor Kenny es  director del  European Centre for Nanostructured Polymers S.c.a.r.l. (ECNP), Profesor Investigador en el Instituto de Ciencia de Polímeros y Tecnología del CSIC en Madrid (España), con licencia de la Universidad de Perugia (Italia), donde es catedrático de Ciencia de los Materiales y Tecnología. En la actualidad esta realizando una estancia en el Campus de Alcoy dentro del programa de visita de investigadores de prestigio en la UPV. Esta estancia se encuadra dentro de la colaboración que  con este Centro europeo realiza el grupo de procesado y caracterización de materiales plásticos,  perteneciente al Instituto Tecnológico de Materiales.

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De visita en Alcoy

21 11 2014


Nuestro amigo el Prof. Kenny ha estado de visita en Alcoy. Se prepara una charla.

Impresora 3D de la EPSA en la fira de TOTS SANTS

3 11 2014

LA impresión 3D de la EPSA estaba tambien en el estan con nosotros

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