A pair of students have created a conceptual prototype for a countertop 3D printerthat people could use to make meat in their own homes. Cultivator by Sarah Mautsch and Aaron Abentheuer is an open-source prototype machine intended to fuel the discussion about the future of bio-printing – a technology already being developed for recreating human organs in experimental medicine.
The project by the duo from the University of Applied Sciences Schwäbisch Gmünd aims to tap into the current debate about the future of food production for growing populations with limited resources.
The current model, made from acrylic glass and deep-drawn polystyrene, has been designed based on the assumed development of this technology over the next 30 years.
"This is a speculative design project, so the device itself is not production ready, but considering this technology exists today (although it is very expensive), one can imagine that technology will evolve, get cheaper and smaller to produce, so something like Cultivator can definitely exist in 10 to 30 years time in the kitchen of the future."
Seen on Dezeen, edited for the DI.