Since this year’s CES, 3D printers have become all the rage. Just ask three students, Ricard Berwick, David Pastewka and Will Drovno, who met at a mobile application development class at the University of California, Berkeley.
By not having as much access to 3D printers as they would like, the trio decided to partner up, and create the Dreambox, the world’s first 3D vending machine. In the Dreambox press kit states, “having an item 3D printed with a Dreambox is as simple as uploading or choosing a design online, clicking the ‘Print’ button and retrieving the item once it’s ready,”
How does the Dreambox work? Just like going to any store store to print pictures, all you have to do is connect a USB stick to the computer and upload your images. The Dreambox will also have its own designs, and you can even use apps to customize your image. When you’re ready to print your image, select it, add it to the queue, and it will be sent to a Dreambox that’s nearby. When your image is ready, you will receive an alert via text, and you can pick it up.
Although Dreambox is only in its “prototype stage,” the creators plan on making it accessible to University of California, Berkeley students soon.