Coffee Printer!

By on February 15th, 2009 in blog

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Once again another print media has emerged: Coffee Grinds! Yes, this one-of-a-kind specialized printer actually uses coffee grinds as its print media. It can also use tea dregs, according to the documentation. It was an entry into Core77’s Greener Gadgets Design Competition by Jeon Hwan Ju of Korea:

RITI Printer is a eco-friendly printer designed by a concept of a new ink system

Ok, before I go any farther, I have to admit this is in fact a 2D printer – not a 3D printer. We’ve seen all manner of complex, common and vile substances used as 3D print media, but not yet coffee grinds.

But one can imagine the possibilties if a 3D version did exist. A coffee cup – made out of coffee!

Via core77

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!


  1. Except that this doesn’t even print 2d does it?

    They might as well have made one that prints with fairy dust. Coffee grounds do not as yet make printer toner, and I’m suspecting they never will.

    Have you seen that you actually have to move the ink cartridge backwards and forwards by hand? Ever considered how difficult or exhausting that will be?

    It’s like The Onion has started entering green-gadget competitions. This is a joke.

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