Welcome to another cracking edition of the country’s best magazine for people working across the engineering and manufacturing industries. The food industry is undergoing some major changes with regard health & hygiene, as well as with technology. Packing machines are getting faster and smarter, as we see on page 12, and there’s the first tentative hint that 3D technology is on the verge of entering the food chain. There’s nothing to write home about just yet, but professor Richard Archer of Massey University suggests that 3D food printing machines will one day be in every kitchen (page 14). While we are some time way from TV show Star Trek’s fictional Replicator machine, it will come – and the technology will disrupt yet another industry. For example, in the US, inventor Anjan Contractor has created a 3D food printer that uses powdered ingredients to make pizzas. Talking of 3D technology, or popular 3D section (page 23) looks at the real-world benefits of having a printer in-house for making prototypes – security. To keep eagle eyed competitors well away from your bright ideas. The Ford Motor Company has also adopted the technology and is saving millions of dollars in making prototype parts for its range of vehicles. Frankly, any manufacturer that isn’t seriously looking at, and adopting this technology, needs to get a wiggle on. In my opinion, not having a 3D printing machine within the next five years will be like not having a fax machine in the 1970s. Thanks for reading, your feedback and story ideas are always welcomed.