Tea, Early Grey, Hot: 3D Printing of Food

Could the future of food be 3D printing?  No doubt you’ve seen 3D printed chocolates and other novelties, but what about complete dishes like the replicators in Star Trek created?  You may remember Captain Picard’s iconic, “Tea, Earl Grey, Hot” replicator order from Star Trek, but did you know both NASA and the military are actually working on similar technology? Continue reading


3D Printed Trophy at Olympics Instead of Flowers. I Suppose it Beats a Celery Crown…

Copy of Rio sculpture that you can buy on eBay.

Copy of Rio trophy that you can buy on eBay.

It appears instead of flowers, Olympians on the medal stand got a 3D printed sculpture.  This was said to be less wasteful than flowers and I suppose more of a long term keepsake.  You can read more about it here and even buy your own version on eBay like the picture above.  I suppose it beats the old Isthmian games in ancient Corinth, there if you won you got a crown made out of celery!

First 3D Printed Drug Approved

The first 3D-printed drug has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  Aprecia Pharmaceuticals has made a drug called Spritam (levetiracetam) that is used to treat epilepsy.  By 3D printing the tablet can be made of layers of the powdered drug for rapid dissolution in what they call the ZipDose® platform.  Cool to see another serious medical use of 3D printing!

The Doctor Will Scan You Now. Will 3D Medical Scanning Become as Common as Blood Pressure?


It becoming apparent scientifically that in terms of long term health it’s not always just about weight, but percentage of body fat and it’s location.  Recent movies like Fed Up talk of the fact that people can have normal weight, but have it distributed in all the wrong places due to poor diet.  This has some organizations talking about using 3D scanning to switch from BMI (Body Mass Index) to BVI (Body Volume Index).  We’ve talked before about 3D scanning for clothes sizing as all size 6’s or “mediums” aren’t created equal and this is the same for people who may have identical weight and height, but radically different bodies. Continue reading