It may be some while before you could walk into your kitchen and 3D print bacon and eggs. No wait, we already have 3D printers that are leading the way, showing us how to print different kinds of food such as pastries, ice cream and more. Bacon will follow. Internationally, the food 3D printing revolution has already begun.
That brings us to the point that new tech always trickles down from across the oceans and lands to our country a few months, if not years later. However, there is a new crop of highly innovative and young entrepreneurs right here who are showing the world, how 3D printing can be done in a cost effective manner, without being low tech.
Swapnil Sansare, CEO & founder of Divide by Zero technologies, a 17 member strong company shows us the way. His company can boast of being India’s premier 3D printing company to go mainstream, he tells us, “3D printing is being used in every industry and food has been one of them. There are chocolate 3D printers available in the consumer market and soon there will be more options available like pizza 3D printers and pancake printers. We are working on one such project but it is in the preliminary stage for now.”
While 3D printing food is on the agenda, Divide by Zero builds 3D printers in-house and can boast of complete support for training and maintenance.
Their first 3D printer Accucraft 250 was a runaway hit, thanks to the low cost of maintenance and raw materials used for 3D printing. For example a 3in Minion, or your favourite Star Wars character can be 3D printed for as low as Rs 20 per piece and that is only the tip of the iceberg. Using their line of Accucraft and Aion 3D printers, you can craft fashion accessories, architectural templates, industrial goods and more. Their client list includes companies from across sectors such as Automobile, Electronics, Architecture, Medical, Stop Motion animation and more.
Divide by Zero is trying hard to educate potential customers and enthusiasts alike about the capabilities of 3D printing. Recently they helped a band 3D print musical instruments, including a ukulele, electronic guitar, darbuka, flute, Indian kanjira, Bongo& Shaker. The bands used these 3D printed instruments to play in front of a live audience at the Inside 3D Printing Conference & Expo Mumbai. These instruments were printed using Divide by Zero’s upcoming Aion-500 3D printer which can print with massive build size of half meter cube using materials like carbon fibre, nylon, PET & TPU. 3D printing might sound boring to some, but what if we told you that a model walked the ramp wearing a 3D printed outfit designed by stylist Snigdha Agarwal.
Next, we need to talk about J Group Robotics, which has enthralled audiences young and old with a smashing display of their 3D printers at various print and tech shows around the country. Their current range of 3D printers are helping Indian defence by 3D printing prototypes for next-gen defence technologies. On a consumer level, the Dimension Delta range of 3D printers developed by JGroup Robotics is capable of 3D printing models of gaming and movie characters. You can even upload a picture of your face, which gets converted to a format that the printer understands and your face could literally be 3D printed.
These printers makes short work of 3D printing thanks to its dual head design and support for printing using multiple materials. The Dimension Delta is capable of high quality, precision 3D printing (with no post-processing) using ABS, PLA, and a vast array of other high strength materials ranging from wood to metal.
As far as 3D printing is concerned, the technology has exploded its way on to the Indian shores and today you can buy one online for under a lac. Looking at the pace at which Indian 3D printer companies are forging ahead, it seems like it won’t be long before you would be able to 3D print your very own, custom designed smartphone cover with your face embedded on it.
Also, bacon will follow.
Photographs by Yatish Suvarna