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3D Printing in the kitchen – yes, really!

It’s no secret that 3D Printing has developed tremendously in recent years. From one vocation to another, with this remarkable technology, the possibilities really are endless.

And with an increasing number of trades recognising its benefits, the 3D printing hype is definitely catching on.

Though it has to be said, one of the most interesting and exciting new developments in 3D technology has to be its contribution to the food industry.

We all love food – from how it tastes, to how it looks. And apparently, the prettier the dish, the more tempting to us it is. This is where 3D printing comes into play.

Have you ever watched one of those cookery programmes where they’re making all those really fancy little dishes? Everything is all completely uniform and flawless – it’s like artwork! And you find yourself just sat there thinking ‘how on earth are they going to make all those dishes look exactly the same?’

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Previously, these astounding culinary delights have been produced solely by hand – a tedious, no doubt wearisome task. But now, innovative technology is taking pressure off the chefs, and eateries are relying increasingly on 3D printing.

Particularly popular with exclusive, luxuriant restaurants, 3D printing is becoming a more frequent component in the kitchen. Capable of recreating sophisticated designs, these stylish outlets are using 3D printing to replicate intricately-designed foods on command.

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And that’s not all. Organisations are identifying tons of new prospects with 3D printing and food. From personalised edible goods, to delicious cocktails, it seems there are still plenty more ways in which 3D printing technology can contribute to the wonderful world of food and drink!

With 3D printing, the possibilities are expanding, and with the number of industries using its facilities, the popularity of this machinery is flourishing. We can’t wait to discover all the other new amazing things that 3D printers are going to achieve in the future!

3D printing offers new chance at life for poorly animals

Used regularly in the workplace by a whole host of professionals, 3d printing has become sought after in various different industries. Popular with the likes of Architects and Dentists, 3D printing has helped make some truly incredible things possible. And now, thanks to innovative technology, it’s also helping to save the lives of thousands of sick and injured animals.

That’s right, technological advancements in 3D printing are now being used to give sick, injured and deformed animals a second chance at life.

We all know how it feels to read a heart-breaking story about a poorly animal – a dog born without its front legs, a fox that’s suffered at the hands of poachers. That feeling of being helpless is upsetting in itself, but now, developments in 3d printing mean that professionals can help our feathered and furry friends lead a happy life in spite of their disabilities.

From prosthetic limbs, to reconstructed beaks and mobility carts, veterinary nurses are beginning to really see the advantages of 3d printing, offering poorly animals and their owners the chance to be happy again.

One of these animals is Derby the Dog. Derby was born with deformities in both of his front legs, and was taken in by Peace and Paws Dog Rescue in New Hampshire, USA. Unable to walk or even sit upright, there appeared to be no hope at all for Derby, until he was rescued and fostered by an employee at 3D Systems, Tara Anderson.

Tara says she ‘cried every night’ as she thought about Derby, and dreamt of ways to make his life better. With access to intelligent 3D technologies, Tara worked with her colleagues to create a custom prosthesis for Derby that would allow him not only to walk, but to run – which he now does every day for at least 2-3 miles!

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Derby has since become one of the most famous animals in the world to have been helped by 3D printing technology. He isn’t alone though. Other success stories include Beauty, the bald Eagle who was shot in the face by poachers back in 2005, leaving her with a severely damaged beak, and Buttercup, the Duck who was born with his left foot turned backwards.

Everyday thousands of animals begin their 3D printing journey as professionals work to create the most effective tools and prosthesis that will allow them to live life as fully as possible.

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Had it not been for the marvellous possibilities brought about by 3d printing, many of these animals would have otherwise been euthanised. Now, with this incredible technology, a whole new window of opportunity has opened for sick animals, offering them a life full of joy and content.

Amazing or what? Who knew that printers would one day be able to save lives? For more on Derby and other animals that have been rescued by 3D printing, click here. And as always, make sure you visit our YouTube Channel to check out our full selection of 3D printing videos.

3D printing technology used to recreate Syrian monument destroyed by Islamic state

Last year, Palmyra’s famous ‘Arch of Triumph’ was left almost completely destroyed after an attack by alleged Islamic State Militants.

Since then, a group of archaeologists have been using the art of 3D printing technology to recreate an exact replica of the Syrian monument, which was erected in London’s Trafalgar Square yesterday afternoon upon completion.

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Created by the Institute of Digital Archaeology (IDA) using 3D technology, this reproduction is made entirely of Egyptian Marble, and looks identical to the original monument. Using photographs of the original arch, this intelligent machinery was able to create an artificial copy that is identical in both scale and size.

Described by Syria’s director of antiquities as an ‘action of solidarity’, the artificial monument will travel to cities all over the world following its opening in London.

For the next three days, tourists and locals in and around London will be able to go and visit the monument where it is located in Trafalgar Square. It will then move onto a host of other locations including Dubai and New York.

Incredible or what?! 3D printing really is opening up a whole new world of possibilities. Don’t forget to check out our official YouTube channel for more.

Printerbase support Hyde United and mascot, Roary the Tiger in match against Nantwich Town

It was all eyes on the prize as Printerbase joined Hyde United for their home face-off against Nantwich Town yesterday evening.

As official mascot sponsors, the Printerbase team were invited to enjoy the match in true style, with complimentary access to Hyde’s exclusive VIP Hospitality area, the Peter O’Brien Lounge.

Supplied with delicious food, a quiz, a programme, and of course the best seats in the house, we were eager to show our support for the boys in red. Come on Hyde!

It all kicked-off at 7:45pm, and the boys ran out on the pitch and really gave it their all.

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It was absolutely freezing! And despite conceding a goal just before half time, the players showed true energy and passion on the pitch throughout.

We watched in anticipation as time ticked on. And it all looked promising before 3 goals were conceded in quick succession just before the end of the match.

The final whistle blew, and unfortunately, in spite of their efforts, Hyde were defeated by Nantwich 4-0. Still, that didn’t stop us from cheering!

After the match had finished, our very own Managing Director, Peter Knight, was presented with a signed match ball by Chariman, Allan Kenyon,  which was a great way to end a fantastic evening.

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All in all, we had a brilliant time at Ewen Fields, and can’t wait to be back showing our support next season! Come on, boys!

It was a roaring day in the office as Hyde United FC’s mascot joined us for the day!

As one of Hyde United FC’s official club sponsors, we decided to show our support by inviting club mascot, Roary the Tiger, to join us in the office for a day.

 

Swapping his usual pitch-side surroundings for a day of printers, computers and keyboards, Roary, the enormous, seven-foot tiger, looked just a little out of place as he struggled to type with his huge paws. Tiger troubles, eh? Grrrr…

 

As you can imagine, things didn’t exactly run smoothly, so to speak. Giant, loud and heavy-pawed, it was soon clear that Roary’s office etiquette wasn’t quite up to scratch. Printers are for printing, Roary – not destroying!

 

And with that said, I think it’s safe to say that Roary will not be coming back as a full-time member of staff, but we will continue to be his proud sponsor.

 

To mark the occasion, the team at Printerbase decided to video Roary’s office antics, so that we could share it with all of you right here…

 

For more videos from Printerbase, head over to our official YouTube channel now.

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