Who doesn’t love ordering a cup of java and having the barista create a fanciful flower motif in the foam? Well, that job might be taken over by technology in the near future.
Coffee shops, restaurants, and cafes now have the chance to compare 3D printers and choose one that offers true artistic flair, thanks to the folks at Ripples, the Ripple Maker 3D printer, and the new app the company just launched.
The Ripple Maker Latte Art 3D Printer
Sure, most 3D printers are designed for use with PLA or another similar filament type. However, food 3D printers aren’t unheard of.
They’re actually becoming more and more common. The Ripple Maker 3D printer falls squarely into that group, although it doesn’t really print food.
It’s designed to make your morning cup of Joe a little more enjoyable by adding art to the cup.
The Ripple Maker 3D printer actually garnered quite a few headlines back in 2015 when it debuted from Israeli startup, Ripples. However, what’s garnering news today is the accompanying app the company released.
It works with your smartphone to allow you to send images to any Ripple Maker printer and have the printer create a detailed image on the top of your latte or cappuccino. It actually took the Last Gadget Standing award at CES 2016.
The Ripple Maker is a combination coffee machine and 3D printer, and it uses proprietary, patented technology to do what it does. The app taps into that technology and puts the ability to create custom images into the hands of coffee drinkers everywhere.
Worried that it might change the way your java tastes? Don’t be. The printer uses coffee extract to create the art, so it all blends perfectly.
Using the app, you have access to a large library of images from Ripples. However, you can also choose to use one of your own photos on your phone.
The app lets you scale, edit and alter the image to get it just right. Next, the barista presses a button and your image is added right to the top of your coffee.
Is this an earth-shaking development? No, it’s not. However, it is an interesting way to make that cup of coffee a little more personal, and add some fun to your morning.
The app is currently only available for Apple devices, but there is an Android version in the offing that should debut sometime in early 2016.
If you’re a restaurant owner interested in putting the Ripple Maker 3D printer to work for you, Ripples offers a monthly rental agreement for $85 per month (not counting supplies).
“The reaction to the Ripple Maker from coffee shop owners, baristas and the general public has been as extraordinary as the coffee art they have collectively created. With the addition of the extensive content library and robust consumer app, we look forward to offering the Ripples experience to many more countries and venues around the world,” said Yossi Meshulam, the CEO of Steam CC.