3D Printing

This 3-D Printed Icelandic Fish-Gutting Machine Contains the Secret of a Future, Less-Globalized Economy

Wall Street Journal
February 7, 2023
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The 3D printing industry is moving away from the prototype phase and into mass market adoption. This 3D printed fish gutting machine achieves what was thought impossible only a few years ago: 24/7 fish-filleting operation in remote Iceland where the fish were caught. Prepare to see more of these unique use cases in the near future.

Hafnarfjarðarkaupstaður, Iceland, is a town of 30,000 souls built on a lava field, just south of the island nation’s capital city of Reykjavik. If sightseers come this way, it’s for tours of the homes of local “hidden folk”—the dwarfs and elves of the Norse fairy tales that inspired J.R.R. Tolkien.

Tucked away in a nondescript 10,000-square-foot building there is a manufacturing facility that runs 24/7, producing parts for fish-processing machines in a way that was, even a few years ago, impossible. Elliði Hreinsson, the founder of Curio, which owns the building, says the machines he designs and makes would be difficult or in some cases impossible to produce without 3-D printing.

“In Iceland, we are a small stone in the ocean, and we cannot so easily run around to get help,” says Mr. Hreinsson. “You have to be able to do it all in-house.”

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