3D Printing food…what’s next?!?

 3D Printing food pastes (and other cool materials) is now possible with the Discovery extruder by Structure3D team.

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Are you ready to expand the range of materials for your Airwolf 3D printer again?! Are you interested in 3D printing food and with other type of pastes?  Airwolf 3D is excited to announce that we are sponsoring the Structur3D team on their new Kickstarter campaign for a 3D printer extruder, the “Discov3ry.”  This 3D printer extruder was design by material engineers, Andrew Finkle and Charles Mire, in Waterloo, Ontario.  They designed it for the everyday community to create more day to day objects.  In order to give this extruder its “real world value,” the Structur3D team made sure to focus on only the parts involved in the delivery and extrusion of the materials.  By doing so, they were able to make the Discov3ry a fast operating quality product  that can sync with any current stepper-motor based desktop 3D printer.

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The Structur3D team starts you off with a 3 cartridge starter kit.  It comes with 3 x 60cc re-loadable food-grade syringes, 3 x 30 cm reusable food safe plastic tubing, 3 x male luer lock/tubing connectors, 3 x female luer lock/tubing connectors, and an assortment of luer lock tips.  All the products listed are easy to find and also readily available on their website strutur3d.io.  They also offer assistance on the print settings depending on which material you prefer to print with.

The capability of the Discov3ry is endless!  With its wide range of materials from silicone to icing sugars to wood filler, this paste extruder might just save you a trip to the store.  Imagine being able to print out your son’s birthday cake topper or customize your silicone orthotic insoles just by pressing print.  The “plug-in-play” motto works wonders when you need to fix a broken part, add a finishing touch or even to whip up a little something for a snack break.

All in all, this new 3D printer extruder can make the 3D printing world even more exciting than it already is!

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So why not back this campaign and put in your order for this cool new extruder?  As of the time of this writing, the Discove3ry exruder campaign was already funded, but had set a new goal of $100,000 – with 30 days to go.  So there is still the opportunity to pledge $579 (Canadian Currency) for the DISCOV3RY EDUCATES PACKAGE which will get you a fully assembled plug and play Discov3ry extruder from the fourth production batch and one to give away to a school or library of your choice (make sure they have a 3D printer first).  If you wish to donate one of these to a school and don’t know of a school with a 3D printer, just drop us an email and we will be happy to provide a long list of schools with Airwolf 3D printers and we will also be happy to assist them with the installation and get students of their way to 3D printing food materials!

Currently, Airwolf 3D customers are 3D printing with many materials including:

  • Polycarbonate
  • ABS (Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene)
  • HIPS (High impact polystyrene)
  • PLA (Polylactic acid is a thermoplastic aliphatic polyester)
  • Nylon
  • PVA (Polyvinyl alcohol is a water-soluble synthetic polymer)
  • LayWOOD
  • Soft PLA
  • PLA 4043D
  • TPE (This is an “Thermoplastic rubber.”)
  • LAYBRICK (Contains natural mineralic fillers -super-fine milled chalk)
  • BendLay (Extremely translucent material will allow you to print nearly clear items)
  • T-glase
  • Nylon 645
  • Bridge Nylon
  • TPU
  • PET
  • ColorFabb XT

With the Discov3ry extruder, Airwolf 3D customers can quickly and inexpensively experiment with 3D printing food pastes and other easily sourced materials such as:

  • Silicon (hardware store silicone caulk)
  • Latex caulk
  • Clay
  • Cake frosting (homemade royal sugar icing sugar)
  • Nutella™
  • Wood filler
  • Conductive paint
  • Polyurethane sealant
  • and they are researching clay, ceramic and medical grade silicone!

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Who said that 3D printing food has to be limited to the PhD-types in fancy exclusive laboratories?  Back this campaign, get your paste extruder and start experimenting in your own kitchen or garage!

~Julie H.