Dec 5, 2017 | By Tess

Today’s 3D printing roundup has some pretty fun news, especially for people in Beijing and the UK. First, we’ll look at a miniature 3D printed model of the famous Forbidden City Palace in China, and then move on to 3D printed selfie candies in the UK for the holidays, and a new 3D printed luxury design shop in London.

China’s Forbidden City Palace Museum is shrunk down in impeccable 3D printed model

The Forbidden City’s Palace Museum in China unveiled a 3D printed miniature model of the National Palace last week at an international forum. The event, called Culture + Science and Technology focused on the theme of “Traditional Culture x Future Imagination.”

And what better way to combine traditional culture with futuristic technologies than to 3D print a model of China’s famous National Palace?

The 3D printed model, which captures both the graceful structure and colors of the palace, is currently being displayed at the Palace Museum in Beijing’s Forbidden City as part of an ongoing exhibition on digital culture and art. The exhibition itself brings together pieces that interpret and reimagine classical culture through digital forms.

The Forbidden City Palace has been a museum since 1925, but historically it served as the home for emperors from China’s Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty (from 1420 to 1912). The impressive architecture of the Forbidden City is notable for its bright red façades and its traditional Chinese palatial design.


UK shoppers can give the gift of 3D printed candy selfies this Christmas

One of our favorite candy 3D printing companies is stepping up its game for the holiday season. Katjes, the Germany-based brand, has announced that it has dispatched its Magic Candy Factory (a specialized 3D printer for sweets) to seven stores across the UK for the pre-Christmas season.

More than just offering clients the ability to 3D print customized candies, however, Katjes has also installed cameras with each of its Magic Candy Factory systems which will allow customers to 3D print candy selfies!

The 3D printed selfie candies come in a variety of flavours and are made from vegetable-based ingredients and natural fruit flavours, meaning they are even safe for vegans. The candies, which will be produced at seven John Lewis locations in England, can reportedly be 3D printed in less than 5 minutes.

"We’ve seen an increase in demand for personalized gifts and have increased our products and services to match,” commented Dan Cooper, head of Christmas at John Lewis. “Katjes Magic Candy Factory offers the chance to create a truly personal gift on Christmas Day.”

Melissa Snover, the managing director at Katjes Magic Candy Factory, added: “We’ve created a product which merges the nation’s love for technology and candy, and we’re extremely excited to partner with John Lewis for Christmas—it allows our customers to see first-hand how we create our unique 3D sweets.”

In addition to personalized gummy treats, the pop-up Magic Candy Factory 3D printers will also be turning out customized (edible) Christmas cards, ornaments, and more. At the John Lewis in Cambridge, the candy 3D printing promotion will be running until December 23rd.


Bottletop, AI Build open 3D printed retail shop on London’s Regent Street

In other exciting retail-related 3D printing news, the city of London is set to receive its first ever 3D printed store courtesy of a collaboration between tech firm AI Build and luxury fashion brand Bottletop. The store, which is scheduled to open tonight (December 5, 2017) is entirely decorated and furnished with pieces 3D printed from recycled materials.

The retail space was designed by the Krause Architects firm and all 3D printed elements were manufactured using AI Build’s proprietary robotic 3D printing technology. The parts were assembled and installed with the help of KUKA’s 6-axis industrial robots and were all 3D printed using REFLOW’s recycled filament.

Bottletop Co-Founder Oliver Wayman commented on the high-tech décor, saying: “For the first time, visitors to our store will be able to witness the sustainable use of this technology first hand while shopping the Bottletop collection and learning about the mission of the brand.”

Started in 2002, Bottletop has become known for its sustainable approach to fashion products. Notably, the brand released the first luxury handbag to be released commercially that was made from up-cycled materials.

“This project is a demonstration of how cutting-edge technology can be the solution for some of the most challenging problems of humanity like environmental pollution,” stated Daghan Cam, AI BUILD’s Co-Founder and CEO. “We are very proud to be working with likeminded partners to turn plastic waste into a luxurious construction by using robotics and artificial intelligence.”

Interested shoppers will be able to find the innovative 3D printed shop on Regent Street (#84), and will have the chance to see and even interact with KUKA’s newest LBR iiwa robot. The exclusive opening event for the store will be hosted by Carmen Busquets, Naomi Campbell, Mira Duma and other big names from the fashion and tech industries.



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