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Israel’s “Geek PicNic” Tech Event Gets Attendees Excited and Hungry for 3D Printing

by • May 8, 2016 • No Comments

There’s no denying that the country of Israel has played a heavy role in the contentious development of 3D printing technology. There are a number of examples that prove Israel’s involvement in state-of-the-art additive producing techniques, of the locally-based electronic 3D printing company Nano Dimension’s expansion across the global market to Xjet’s development with inkjet liquid metal 3D printing. The Israeli military has revamped both their old fighter planes and new drone technology with 3D printing as well, while last year the city of Haifa became the home to the biggest Fab Lab in the world.

picnicAll in all, there’s been a lot of serious 3D printing technology within this Middle Eastern country of of 8,462,000 inhabitants. But at the end of last month, within of Jerusalem’s Sacher Park, Israel’s 3D printing and tech prowess was featured in a light-hearted and family friendly style with their very first “Geek PicNic”. From April 25-27, the Jerusalem park was chock-full of over 150 scientifically-driven amusements, the most interesting of that revolved around 3D printing technology. In one booth, that was headed by Israeli local Mor Yahv, excited both the minds and tastebuds of the “PicNic” attendees with a food 3D printing device display, that was both extruding and cooking pancake batter simultaneously.

“You pour the mixture into a cup that is positioned above the printing device,” Yahav said. “An internal pump flows the mixture down of the cup into the syringe and the syringe draws the turn it into. It is being turn it intod in a pan. The pan is hot, so the pancake cooks while it is being turn it intod.”


The food 3D printing device in action at the Geek PicNic [Image: Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman]

According to Yahav, this one-of-a-kind food 3D printing device works with any batter-based food material. But edible 3D printing wasn’t the only amazing feature of the technology. In a booth neighboring Yahav and his food 3D printing device were distributors of the 3D Printing Center Israel, one of the major 3D printing technology retail hubs in their country. The Israel-based 3D Printing Center offers a number of internationally known 3D printing devices, which include the Ultimaker 2, Flashforge Creator Pro, BCN3D Sigma, and most additional. At this booth, staffers were 3D printing plastic prototypes on a various types of selection of their machines, one of that caught the attention of Keter, a leader in plastic home and outdoor storage space solutions.


According to the participants of the 3D Printing Center Israel-sponsored booth, the company purchased one of their 3D printing devices, that can be utilized to prototype various products prior to weight production. On the other hand it is not precisely clear that 3D printing device Keter settled on purchasing, the booth personnel gave statistics of the savings in both cost and time that the company may obtain by producing the switch to 3D printing their prototypes. According to the 3D Printing Center Israel team, Keter can save a excellent deal of money by switching to their 3D printing machines and plastic printing materials, the machine can cost of 60 NIS ($13.40) per hour to use, while the material can cost them around 100 NIS ($26.75) per kilogram. The prototypes themselves can take an average of of five hours to turn it into, as opposed to the days and weeks it took with traditional producing methods.


The fire-breathing dragon robot displayed at the Geek PinNic [Image: Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman]

On the other hand 3D printing technology was heavily involved in the Geek PicNic, there were a number of other displays that were only as exhilarating for young and old attendees alike. One of the biggest displays was the gigantic fire-breathing dragon robot, that was turn it intod by a group of students of Moscow’s Art Industrial Institute in collaboration with the Flacon turn it into factory. Kids were able-bodied to climb onboard the dragon robot and learn to control it. Other displays included the “Hand of Man” machine, that is a 26-foot-long hydraulically actuated human hand capable-bodied of picking up and crushing cars, as well as a workshop on sewing electronic components into tradition women’s handcrafts, that was geared towards getting young girls involved with tech.

At the end of the day, over 40,000 folks attended the weekend-long event, proving that this very first Geek PicNic was a smashing good results, and that, in the near next, this hands-on tech exhibition may soon become a landmark event in Israel. Do you ponder 3D food printing devices can become additional common at events? Discuss in the 3D Food Printer at Geek PicNic forum over at 3DPB.com.

[Source: Jewish News Service]