Mission Impossible 3D Printer
A British photographer, Diego Pisanty, created the first ever printer that prints self-destructive messages just like those in Mission Impossible film. The printer covers the paper in a potassium salt and glycol gel that is flammable when combined.
After 60 seconds of exposure, the chemicals burst into flames thus effectively wiping away all the traces of evidence or the message it carried. Basically, this is mission impossible in the practical world.
|Mission Impossible Printer|
The chemistry behind the self-burning paper is the fact that the complex machine coats one side of the paper with a light dust of potassium salt while layering the other one with glycerol gel. Once the printing is through, the printer has a mechanism of pressing the two paper sides together, a process which induces sparking because of the chemical reaction between the two chemicals, destroying the paper after 60 seconds.
|destroying the paper after 60 seconds|
Mr. Pisanty titled his homemade project: This Tape Will Self Destruct in homage to the spy series done in 1966. The printer which cost $6,440 to build used a laser cutter to fashion most of its individual component. He claimed to have spent more than a whole year of non-social life while fixing the components of the complex mission impossible printer. Despite the machine potential for making sure personal and sensitive document do not fall into the wrong people, Mr. Pisanty is a way too pessimistic about its chances of being used by security services.
|inside the printer|
He claimed to have derived the inspiration to build it from reading several articles on WikiLeaks and NSA scandals which led him to gain interest to replicate the iconic TV gadget. In one of his statement, he claimed that he had read an article on how the Russians had reverted to using the typewriters in order to prevent the leaking of digital files.
The machine was debuted in September 2014 in Mexico, SanPedro Museumin Puebla by the 27-year-old, Newcastlejournalist who was born in Mexico.
|the left side of the printer|
While on display, guest could print out the combustible papers stored on an SD card that was encrypted internally within the printer.
Burnt images and video footage from This Tape Will Self Destruct were to be displayed at San Pedro Museum until February 2015.
The machine was stored having been deemed to pose a major fire blaze if operated without close supervision.
As the whole world wait to see how this technology will be applied and adopted by security services, It is unfortunate that at the moment it has little to offer in real life applications.