3D printed products have made some amazing headway in critical applications. We’ve seen fantastic, futuristic uses in the medical and aerospace fields, to name just a couple. And of course we’ve seen some pretty silly uses, too, like little toys and desk doodads that may not really be necessary, but sure are fun. Somewhere between these two ends of the spectrum are the simply functional, and that’s where a wonderful new product for wine drinkers comes in.
I’m not going to pretend wine is a critical need, but let’s face it; at the end of a long day, nothing tops off an evening quite like a nice glass of wine. I know I’m not patient enough to decant every bottle I open, and looking at the sheer number of wine aerators on the market, I know I’m not alone.
Wine aerators are simple devices through which wine can be poured, acting as almost an instantaneous decanting, allowing the wine to “breathe” and open some of the flavors. Most aerators available now are of the vinturi type: the wine enthusiast simply pours wine from the bottle through the aerator, and into the glass to have air mixed into their red wine.
While most people accept vinturi aerators as the standard, two men thought they could create a better way. Florida-based Ottermatics is a design firm founded by Aleksey Matyushottermaticsev (Principal Solutions Tinkerer) and Kevin Russell (Chief Overanalyzer), who set out on a mission to create a superior aerator.
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