Tessa’s Weekly Picks – 3D Print a Drink

2021-07-16

Tessa Blokland  

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My summer holidays have finally started! In the Netherlands, we are almost back to the new ‘normal’, but we have to remain cautious for variations of the Coronavirus. If you are planning to go abroad or you are having a vacation in your home country, I have some really nice tips on 3D printed drinks. These could have easily fit in the blog post on unexpected uses of 3D printing, since I had no idea that you could 3D print a drink as well. Anyway, with these 3D printed drinks, it is a fun way to start my holidays. Cheers!

The first drink and the cocktail on the top image are actually not really 3D printed. In fact, the drawings on top are printed on the foamy surface, like a photocopier. Nevertheless, I had to include them for this week’s pick! The Ripple maker printer is made by Israeli-based Ripples.

Print a drink is a 3D printing technology for drinkable liquids, by accurately injecting edible microliter drops into a cocktail. Drop by drop (instead of layer by layer), the robot builds up the 3D structure in a drink.

Canada-based Devoray created 3D printed shapes with natural flavors that dissolve when coming into contact with alcohol and some water.  Each shape has a different taste: the starfish for pink Litchi, a flower for Hawaiian Cosmo, a pineapple for Coco yoyo, and a palm tree for Jelly Bean. Very easy to take with you and mix on any spot you like!

The idea behind  Smart Cups is that ingredients are 3D printed right onto the surface of an eco-friendly bioplastic cup. Thanks to 3D printing it offers a precise dosage; the only thing you have to do is adding water and let the drink mix itself. On the image, you see a variety of energy drinks with all kinds of flavors with different functions.

The last example of a 3D printed drink is from Sugar Lab 3D. By adding an alcoholic drink to 3D printed cocktail bitters the whole experience of making and creating drinks becomes more exciting. Sugar Lab’s own culinary expert Chef James Bickmore-Hutt developed the 3D printed bitters recipe. “3D printing with bitters brings function along with incredible forms because sugar and bitters are critical to so many famous cocktails.  For Valentine’s, the team developed romantic engagement diamonds to adorn Champagne flutes with kaleidoscopic beauty,” as he mentioned on the website.

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Each of Tessa’s weekly picks is a curated group of 3D printed designs, based on the week’s chosen theme. If you would like to offer a theme for Tessa, or if you have your 3D printed weekly picks you would like to see featured, please let us know by commenting below. Subscribe to the newsletter to get the latest weekly picks every week in your mailbox.

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