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Coffee Makes 3D Printing Better

Discover a selection of the best 3D files to make with a 3D printer in order to accessorize your coffee machine and enjoy this little moment of relaxation even better. You can find cups, tampers, spoons or even ingenious storage systems in your kitchen or office for Nespresso or Tassimo or Dolce Gusto.

Coffee Makes 3D Printing Better


This collection includes free and paid 3D files of accessories to better enjoy your coffee or store your coffee machine. The many 3D models were created by our community of members 3D designers but also big coffee fans!. You will find something to improve your relationship with coffee at all stages of its preparation. There are spoons to measure your coffee well, but also tongs to close the bag, tampers to compact and cups to enjoy.

Although many innovative technologies were showcased at the CES 2023, the Huenit Robot Arm captured the attention of visitors. HUENIT is an easy-to-use AI-based multi-functional robotic arm that combines advanced AI technologies with a modular arm to work on complex tasks with high precision. The robot can do everything from making coffee to 3D printing a prototype.

Researchers at Washington State University have developed a composite mixture of PLA and coffee ground waste that is both tough and environmentally friendly. The project aims to illuminate new applications for 3D printing as well as displaying better uses of waste materials. The addition of low-cost additives also decreases the manufacturing costs while allowing for better recycling.

Each year over 140 million bags of coffee are produced worldwide. There are literally dozens of different varieties of coffee that come from many different countries and regions from around the world. Most of this coffee is brewed in traditional fashion, using machines to assist or sometimes even by hand. However, one man named Elias Bakken has decided to defy convention with his 3D printing coffee machine called the Debrew.

Specifically the Debrew, as Bakken calls it, is a delta-bot that makes hand brew dipper coffee. The machine, which has had many of its components 3D printed itself, could be considered a coffee making 3D printer. The water flow rate, the grind coarseness and the positions of the tube above the filter, as controlled by stepper motors, and the machine looks eerily similar to any delta-style 3D printer that you will come across.

This is the PLA 2 Filament! The FilaCube Research & Development Department is committed to develop unique proprietary formulas for consistent, reliable and hassle-free 3D printing experience for everyone. After FilaCube PLA and PLA Plus (PLA+) filaments, this is our second generation PLA ( Poly(lactic acid), polylactic acid or polylactide) filament (PLA 2) with better formability, smooth surface, strong layer adhesion (bonding/binding) strength, low shrinkage, low-to-no warpping and less brittleness.

The performance of many types of 3D printing filaments will deteriorate after long exposure to moisture. For better printing quality, we recommend storing your filament in a vacuum sealed bag with desiccant. If the filament is damp, you can dehydrate it in an oven with 50 degree Celsius for about one or two hours.

A mix of heat and chemicals are actually needed to get a 3D printed objects, that is why you have to be careful on technologies and materials used to 3D print your project, especially if the part will eventually touch food. Toxic particles present during the 3D printing process could have health effect if ingested. It would a shame to be poisoned by a coffee cup!

Due to the porosity nature of coffee, which largely depends on the particles size and their distribution (typically binomial) and on how the ground is distributed inside the filter during preparation, the variability factors shift across a wide range of possibilities. That makes the challenge even greater, and despite the fact that the experiment time-frame will not allow for a full investigation, our multidisciplinary approach will help to pave the way (i.e., the framework) for future research.

That is also why the experiment will leverage the capabilities of advanced Topology Optimization software tools combined with Computational Fluid Dynamics and metal 3D printing. This interdisciplinary approach makes it possible to design and test optimal complex geometries in a relatively short amount of time. Consequently, driven by an agile manufacturing approach, the team will perform multiple small/rapid iterations to reach the expected results within the six-month timeframe. On top of rapid prototyping, the use of 3D printing technology throughout the experiment will allow performing an in-depth assessment of the technology (specifically Direct Metal Laser Sintering) as a production process.

To use the Wound UP filament, we recommend using a printing temperature of between 180 and 210 ºC. As with standard PLA, this material does not require a warm bed, so the temperature of the appropriate printing base would be between 40 and 60 ºC. For better adhesion, a Buildtak printing base or Magigoo adhesive can be used. This will avoid the warping effect even on large pieces.

The column was constructed by mixing mycelium with a feedstock of waste coffee cups collected from around London and feeding it into a custom-made cold extruder, similar to the kind used for 3D printing with clay.

NEXE was founded by Darren Footz, previously of Granville Island Coffee Company, to bring to market a plant-based, fully compostable coffee pod to combat the amount of such products we pour into landfill every year. While it moved through its design validation phase, in 3D printing the company saw a prototyping method that, through the use of PLA material, would align with these values. With every wall thickness tweak, the previous prototype was naturally recycled, while the alternative might have seen them dispose of tonnes worth of injection moulds as it moved through the 60 iterations.

We started making these collars in early 2018 after growing bored of our old, stock Chemex collar. We prefer a more modern style with a bit of color. With our CAD modeling skills and 3D printing systems, we set out to create an alternative to the original collar. Our goal was to provide the same or better thermal protection, increased grip, aesthetically pleasing designs, and vibrant color options. 3D printing allows us to offer many different design and color combinations, which would be unfeasible with traditional manufacturing methods.

You can see the whole process to extrude coffee and PLA in the video on our YouTube channel. We have used the filament thus obtained to make a coffee cup, but you can print the objects you prefer: in any case, during printing you should feel a pleasant aroma.

To get a better overview of this niche, we have put together a comprehensive list of food 3D printers on the market. This selection is based on available food 3D printers under $6,000. We also mention a few other food customization solutions, including coffee 3D printing, food ornament 3D printing, and 3D printing food molds.

There seems to be no connection between the portrait of the Mona Lisa and coffee. However, thanks to coffee 3D printers, it is possible to see the beautiful smiling lady in a cup of coffee. Indeed, a combination between 3D printing and inkjet printing technologies allows these machines to draw images on top of any foam-covered beverage.


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