This week’s selection is the 3D Printed Picnic by INC Architecture and Design.
The print is actually a set of several components, which, when printed and combined together with food generate a real life picnic. Yes, it’s a 21st century picnic basket, including not only the basket but also inserts that hold tumblers and utensils.
We like this approach because it not only addresses the looming problem of picnic packing, but also solves it in a flexible manner: by mixing and matching the inserts, you can configure different types of picnics.
This particular picnic system isn’t large, but we can imagine future versions of greater size and even more flexibility. Imagine inserts for unusual picnic items, like sushi.
Currently the components are available at Shapeways in INC’s shop. However, the components are priced rather high: a complete set printed in glazed ceramics would set you back a hefty USD$1,401.92. Fortunately, INC has set the models available for direct, free download from Shapeways (yes, that is possible!) Just scroll down each product page and click on the “Download” button.
One caution: 3D printing these items at home may not be foodsafe. Personal 3D printers typically produce layering and holes in which bacteria may collect, even after washing.