3D prinitng in the wine business

from The Economist - made with a 3D printerHave you heard about 3D printing? The only magazine that I read every week, The Economist, recently made an article about this that I strongly suggest you to read here, 3D printing on The Economist.

How does this work? Imagine a machine similar in size to the paper printer you have in the office or at home that can make small objects like trainers or a ring or a bigger printer that can make bicycle frames, panels for cars, aircraft parts or even a violin. Well, this machine already exists. First you make a blueprint on your computer, then you press print. And the machine will build up the object gradually. It is already being used in academic and industrial niches, like the computer in late 1970s. It’s price now is lower than the price of the laser printer in 1985. As the technology spreads and the costs drop, we will see more people making their own objects at home with 3D printers.

I was wondering how this could change the wine business. In terms of grapes production, it shall not change anything, as a complex and rich grape with plenty of vitamins, minerals and other chemical elements are not something that a machine can replicate. But maybe this 3D printer can in the future make personalized bottles, cases or stainless steal tanks in wineries.

How does the 3D printing can affect your life?


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  1. Duann Scott Friday May 27th, 2011 | reply
    As someone who contemplates wine and 3D printing in almost equal parts it is encouraging to read that the wine industry is starting to consider this. If you want to give 3D printing a try check out http://www.shapeways.com/ where you can upload a design to have it 3D printed in polymer, stainless steel, silver, ceramics and more.  Let me know if you need a hand getting your ideas 3d printed. Cheers Duann
  2. Jeff Wednesday June 1st, 2011 | reply
    I almost feel the future would be wines delivered in lighter plastics with the user having the ability to print their own bottle and bottle in the wine if need be.  With modern technology, i would think that the glass bottle is a horribly inefficient way to store a liquid.  It's heavy, takes up space and being round, not the most ideal storage shape. Ah well, perhaps it might work better with Tea. Jeff www.brownteacup.com
    • Oscar Quevedo Wednesday June 1st, 2011 | reply
      Nice idea, but if not glass, in which other neutral and cheap material can you store wine?
  3. Anonymous Wednesday August 17th, 2011 | reply
    There is aswell a acceptance that awning press may abandon in the future. However, if it is to survive there is a charge to ensure constancy and advance in the use of technology.  

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