Here at 3D Rapid Print, one of the fastest growing 3D Printing companies in the Thames Valley, we like to keep abreast of the latest innovations in 3D printing.

On June 30th 2021, science and technology magazine Wired UK spoke of the Ohmie lamp, a mostly 3D printable lamp made from combining orange peel and fermented vegetable starches into a natural and compostable biopolymer. The lamp was made by design agency Krill Design (Krill) of Milan, Italy, who claimed that its biopolymer had been in development for years, as it was a progression from work Krill had done in 2020 3D printing rudimentary sugar sachet holders for multinational catering company Autogrill of Rozzano, also in Italy.

Krill also claimed that it took 7 different prototype versions to get to the lamp’s final design, where the back would be as straight as possible while still allowing the head to be angled without the lamp falling over. On July 6th, Krill unveiled a campaign on crowdfunding website Kickstarter for the project, which Krill proclaimed reached its €3,000 goal just 2 hours after launch. As of August 2021, the campaign has raised more than €39,000 from more than 400 backers. Krill’s next project is making a 3D printable coffee table from ground coffee beans; it also hopes to eventually create an entire line of products made from other citrus fruits.

Precedent for 3D printing with discarded orange peel traces back at least as far as September 2019, where design firm Carlo Ratti Associati of Turin unveiled an experimental juice bar named Feel the Peel, which can make 3D printable, recyclable plastic cups out of orange peel and PLA pellets. (Turin is also in Italy.) Measuring 3.1m tall, it was topped by a circular dome holding 1,500 oranges, which could be released for juicing as necessary whenever a customer ordered an orange juice.

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