by Colleen Harmes
Additive Manufacturing or AM, is the industrial version of 3D printing, whereby 3D objects are made by adding layer upon layer of material.
This technology was invented at MIT where they are working on machines that can build machines among other ongoing projects.
Let’s hear it for innovative manufacturing! The idea for this jello-shot maker is so simple, I wish I would have thought of it.
This technology of making alcohol filled jello shots come out of a machine took them 3 years to develop out in Lake Oswego, Oregon.
All the cool stuff is in Oregon, right?
How it works is simple. A bartender pops in a canister of jello powder, adds in your choice of alcohol, and voila, Jevo has just made 20 jello shots for you and your friends to enjoy. You can choose from nine different flavors of jello and any alcohol you prefer. This process used to take hours before Jevo. Now you can have your party starting in 10 minutes thanks to additive manufacturing.
One caveat of trying to build possibly the coolest party machine ever was the fact that all of the materials available to Food and Beverage Innovations was not compatible with food and beverage companies. Trying to get a product to market quickly and finding that almost all of the materials used in 3D Printing are not food safe made things difficult. Then they found Plural AM.
Plural AM is just five minutes from Food and Beverage Innovations offices and they supplied them with the food-safe 3D printing thermoplastics they needed. These two companies started to work together to fabricate the different components needed. They had to remake a part with tight clearances four times to get it to work perfectly. Now that everything is working as it should, they have moved into production and have eight beta testers using Jevo and sending feedback to Food and Beverage Innovations. “By the end of the year, Levitsky said that the firm intends to manufacture a few hundred machines before unleashing over 5,000 on the world in 2017.”
Wouldn’t it be cool to know that your first jello shot from a machine was made with 3D printing/Additive Manufacturing?
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