Austin, TX — AUSTIN — Austin designer James Taylor has built a 3-D printer for coffee cups.
He’s been building custom-built cups for coffee makers around the country since the beginning of the year, but it was when he wanted to bring his design to life that he needed to find a 3DS printer to print his custom cups.
Taylor had no idea how difficult it would be to print a custom coffee cup in 3D on his own, so he thought of a 3DPrinting company called 3DPbible.com.
Taylor says he got a call from the company on Saturday, asking him to test out a new service they offer that can print customized cups for their customers.
Taylor tells us the service is free, but the company is asking that you pay $5 for the print.
You can also choose to pay $100 for the full service.
The company charges a flat fee for the entire process.
Taylor’s 3D printer has an automatic extruder that is capable of printing cup parts in minutes, and he was able to get cups printed in just a few hours using his 3DS, the 3DPBible team says.
He was able a cup to be made in just under three minutes.
Taylor says that if you want a custom cup for a cup that you don’t already have, you’ll have to spend money to get the part printed and put into your cup.
That can take a lot of time, he says.
You’ll have the parts printed in plastic, but then you’re going to have to reassemble the part, which can take time as well.
Taylor is also using the service to help with his design process for the upcoming Austin International Coffee Festival, which is taking place this weekend in Austin.
He says the event is set to be the biggest event in Austin since the city won the bid to host the 2016 Olympics.