It appears there's almost nothing you can't print in 3D. Food, cars, bridges, furniture... and now - even a kitchen appliance.
Studio Fathom has created a new take on the modern convection oven that they named the Pyra – the first ever 3D-printed oven in the world. It is built entirely out of engineering-grade plastics and cooks food by "utilizing forced air convection from conductive metal plates to evenly heat the cooking enclosure with uniform temperatures."
The Pyra smart oven takes its name after the Greek word for fire, 'pyro', but it burns without any flames. The 3D-printed device can achieve temperatures of up to 190° C by using a fan in its base to circulate air over heating elements and through an intricate system of air ducts.
To print Pyra, they used a Fortus 900mc printer, because it's the only one known today, capable of printing using a food-safe material known as ULTEM 1010. As with all modern gadgets and devices of all kinds, Pyra can also be controlled via an app – this one is called the HTML5 webapp and connects to Pyra via built-in Wi-Fi. On the oven itself there are no physical buttons.
FATHOM says, though, that this oven was not primarily designed to make a culinary revolution, but for "cell culture incubation and other more serious applications." They explain: "The plan is to make the thermal chamber designs open-source so anyone can download, customize, and 3D print their own versions." In a larger sense, FATHOM says, the device serves as a glimpse into the future of how products will be designed, manufactured, and used on both consumer and commercial levels.