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Techfortrade, launched in 2011 with a mission to alleviate poverty through the use of developing technologies. Early in their research, they considered the role that technology would play in helping small rural producers to access markets for their produce. The 3d4d Challenge was born from this concept and aims to find transformational uses for 3D printing technologies that deliver real social benefit in the developing world.

'Spiral pancakes'

‘Spiral pancakes’

Back in February, we indulged in a bit of experimentation to cook pancakes on the laser cutter for pancake day. After a quite a few messy attempts, we finally cracked it. ‘Spiral pancakes’ were born! I recently discovered that this little project had become the subject of an interesting article written by Joseph Flaherty from Replicator. The blog looks closely at companies and products that build a relationship between the ‘digitalness’ of the internet and the physicality of products.

While this was seen mainly as a bit of fun, Joseph rightly identifies that these sorts of applications could be stages in the development of home manufacturing. Could tools like laser cutters revolutionize how we make stuff in the kitchen? Read the full article to find out more.

See how spiral pancakes were made in the flickr photo set.

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