ED SAYS

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - CONTENTS - Steve Hart Ed­i­tor, Ed­i­tor@DEMM.co.nz

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.

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