3D Printed Bar is Center of a Technological Party Experience

Share this Article

Phillip Hornung (L) and Benjamin Grimeil attend the Bulleit 3D Printed Frontier Launch at 16th Street Station on December 6, 2018 in Oakland, California. [Image: Kimberly White/Getty Images for Bulleit Frontier Whiskey]

3D printing has made its way into alcohol establishments before, from bars that offer 3D printing services while you drink to bars with 3D printed taps. Distilling company Bulleit, however, has taken things a step further by 3D printing an entire bar itself.

Bulleit Bourbon “Beta Test” 3D-printed cocktail is seen at the Bulleit 3D Printed Frontier Launch at 16th Street Station on December 6, 2018 in Oakland, California. [Image: Kimberly White/Getty Images for Bulleit Frontier Whiskey]

The 3D printed bar is part of a full experience called the Bulleit 3D Printed Frontier. While the bar will eventually be installed permanently at the Bulleit Distilling Company in Shelbyville, Kentucky in 2019, it will first be part of several invite-only events in Oakland, California. 3D printed cocktails developed by robotics pioneer Benjamin Grimeil, who worked closely with local mixologists, will be served, as will 3D printed hors d’oeuvres.

Music will be provided by several local Oakland artists, including Meklit Hadero, whose music is created using star mapping technology, as well as Club Chai DJs 8ulentina and Foozool, whose set lists are inspired by Oakland itself. Ambiance will be enhanced by lighting and projection team Tanya Orellana and Elaine Buckholtz.

“There is nothing like this out there! We are flipping the script on how we share Bulleit with people by creating experiences inspired by the frontiers of the past, to forge new frontiers today,” said Sophie Kelly, Sr. Vice President of DIAGEO North American Whiskeys. “From reimagining what a bar could be, to partnering with cutting edge mixologists and robotics pioneers to print 3D cocktails, this experience defies convention in order to redefine tradition, taking people on a journey that explores new frontiers. We’re proud to call Oakland’s Sixteenth Street Station home for these events and even prouder that our partnership will assist in the urban renewal of this cultural landmark and spectacular space.”

The bar was designed by FAR frohn&rojas, which studied the shape and positioning of the Bulleit bottle label and created an algorithm that defined the geometry of the piece through a series of digital data sets. The amber color of Bulleit bourbon was the inspiration for the bar’s surface. FAR and Bulleit worked together to design and redesign the fine, intricate lattice structures more than a dozen different ways to allow for varying densities in different areas of the bar, to both maximize visual impact and allow for the functional needs of the bartenders.

“Partnering with Bulleit was exciting because it gave us the opportunity to think about 3D printing with a frontier spirit, and to design a bar that conceptually and technologically brings the spirit of doing things differently to life,” said Marc Frohn, FAR Co-Founder and Lead Architect. “We reimagined the support structure inherent to 3D-printing – one that is normally not visible – to become the bar itself. Light then turns this lattice bar into a lantern animating the raw spaces the bar inhabits.”

Design and fabrication studio MachineHistories 3D printed the bar, which took over 2,000 hours, using SLS technology and glass filled nylon. The bar consists of approximately 3,000 3D printed components, 1,700 struts and over 1,300 nodes. It was, impressively, finished in a little more than three months.

“Bulleit really challenged us to collaborate with a number of partners to rethink what is possible and throw traditional guidelines out the window,” said Jason Pilarski, Partner at Machine Histories. “That sense of freedom was scary and liberating all at the same time, but ultimately inspired this truly innovative intersection of art, design and technology.”

After the invite-only events in Oakland, the Bulleit 3D Printed Frontier will head to Austin, Texas for the first in a series of national stops.

Discuss this and other 3D printing topics at 3DPrintBoard.com or share your thoughts below.

 

Share this Article


Recent News

New Partnership: BEGO’s Dental Materials Allow Formlabs Customers to 3D Print Crowns & Bridges

Kentucky’s Somerset Community College 3D Prints in Metal on Modified FDM 3D Printers that Cost $600 Each



Categories

3D Design

3D Printed Art

3D Printed Food

3D Printed Guns


You May Also Like

5 3D Printing for Agriculture Applications

Agriculture stands to gain more from technology than many other industries. Farming is critical to both an individual farmer’s livelihood and to the entirety of society. As such, everyone benefits...

CIA’s In-Q-Tel Invests in Markforged

Boston-based startup Markforged is growing rapidly, pulling in a whopping $82 million investment in March 2019. Now, the 3D printer manufacturer is getting some additional funds, though this time the...

Ti6Al4V in Selective Laser Melting: Analysis of Laser Polishing Techniques

Chinese researchers are expanding on new materials and technology for improving surface quality in metal 3D printing, outlining their findings in ‘Laser Polishing of Ti6Al4V Fabricated by Selective Laser Melting.’...

Tennessee Researchers Analyze Low-Cost Metal 3D Printing with Composites

Tennessee researchers have come together to pursue a more in-depth look at the science of 3D printing with metal, outlining their findings in the recently published ‘Dimensional Analysis of Metal...


Shop

View our broad assortment of in house and third party products.


Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from our 3DPrint.com.

You have Successfully Subscribed!