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Circa September 2019, self-described “international design and innovation officeCarlo Ratti Associati (CRA) of Turin, Italy unveiled their Circular Juice Bar, which features a prototype orange-squeezing machine that turns orange peel into 3D printed bioplastic cups that can be drunk out of. Named “Feel the Peel”, the machine was developed in collaboration with Italian multinational oil and gas company Eni of Rome. It measures 3.1 meters tall and is topped by a circular dome that holds 1,500 oranges.

Every time a customer orders an orange juice, an orange is released down the dome’s circular track to be juiced; the peel is subsequently dropped into a container at the base of the machine. Once this accumulates enough orange peels, they are dried and milled into orange dust. The dust is mixed with PLA pellets and melted to form 3D printing filament, making a material ready to print into a cup. (The masses can even watch as their cup is printed and filled.)

After the drink is finished, the cup can be recycled, and can theoretically be re-made into another cup. CRA claims that future versions of the machine will demonstrate other functions including the printing of clothing fabrics. On the off chance the reader in is Milan, they can visit the Circular Juice Bar between the 8th and 9th of October at Milan’s Singularity University Summit. Afterwards, the machine will tour Italy for the next few months.

Eni and Carlo Ratti himself had previously collaborated on the concept of “circularity” at Milan Design Week 2019. Here, Ratti presented an instillation of 60 4-metre-tall arch structures grown from mushroom mycelium that had been designed by Eni. Afterwards, the structures were shredded as returned to the ground as compost.

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Disclaimer: Featured image of “Ambersweet oranges” is in the public domain because it contains materials that originally came from the Agricultural Research Service, the research agency of the United States Department of Agriculture.