3D Printing is not really about a machine making products out of thin air; it’s about a new way of looking at thing and finding new ways for the machine to do it. That is exactly why we keep hearing about 3D Printers making almost everything from Pin to Plane to human body parts to habitable houses on distant planets. With the easy availability of this amazing technology and its open source nature its applications are as vivid as human imagination.
Ripple Maker is yet another company that has found an unusual application of the 3d printing technology and has used it to make a latte art 3D printer. They release a new kind of 3D Printer which could make latte art on your favorite cappuccino. The printer is capable of printing anything from images to personalized messages on coffee foam; the idea is great and it open unlimited possibilities to customize and personalize the humble cup of coffee.
Ripple Maker, took the customization a bit further by announcing an App that could be used by customers at the coffee shop to digitally send images or photos to a Ripple Maker 3D Printer. The product was applauded by one and by all at the CES 2016 and helped it win the Last Gadget Standing contest.
Ripple Maker’s 3d printer uses patented technology that uses a combination of 3D Printing and InkJet technology to create Latte art on the coffee. The printer uses the coffee extract, which functions as a sort of filament, is kept in Ripple Pods inside the machine, and is released from the pods through nozzles onto the coffee’s foam in the pattern of the selected image. Because the image is printed with a small amount of coffee extract, the taste and aesthetic of the coffee being printed on is not affected at all.
Ripple Maker’s 3d printer does not have the disadvantages of conventional 3d printers as the prints are almost immediately. The Ripple Maker app which is available only on IOS can be used to send print commands to the printer but the printer only works when the Ripple Maker’s 3d printer does not have the disadvantages of conventional 3d printers as the prints are almost immediately. The Ripple Maker app which is available only on IOS can be used to send print commands to the printer but the printer only works when the physical button on the printer is pressed. The App would soon be available on Android as well and it would also let you know which nearby cafes or bistros are using the Ripple Maker.
The company is using a smart sales technique to sell the Latte art 3D printer. They are not selling the 3D Printer at an upfront cost rather are giving this printer at a lease of $85 a month however this means the customers could be offered a customized designer cup of coffee for no added cost.
Yossi Meshulam, CEO of Steam CC that owns Ripple Maker said “The reaction to the Ripple Maker from coffee shop owners, baristas and the general public has been as extraordinary as the coffee art they have collectively created. With the addition of the extensive content library and robust consumer app, we look forward to offering the Ripples experience to many more countries and venues around the world.”
He further added “Latte art is one of the most shared images on social media. We’re taking latte art to a whole new level. When you put something beautiful in someone’s hands, they want to share it. That’s how we’re making a ripple on the world.”