Edible 3D Printing

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It seems there’s noting you can’t make with 3D printers.

Now The Sugar Lab and 3D Systems have created a 3D printer for confectionery.

Liz and Kyle von Hasseln are the founders of Sugar Lab which designed and printed three-dimensional candies and chocolates.

3D Systems has since acquired the company where the Von Hasseins are now creative directors of food products.

This is from the 3D Systems press release.

The ChefJet 3D printer is a monochrome, countertop sized printer with a generous build volume of 8x8x6” making it ideal for single color confections and cake toppers. ChefJet printable materials come in a variety of recipes, including chocolate, vanilla, mint, sour apple, cherry and watermelon. ChefJet is expected to be available in the second half of 2014 and will be priced in the sub-$5,000 range. To sign up for updates, please visit http://www,3dsystems.com/ces.

The ChefJet Pro 3D printer is a full-color, large format printer with a build volume of 10x14x8”. ChefJet Pro printable materials also come in a variety of recipes, including chocolate, vanilla, mint, sour apple, cherry and watermelon, all of which can be printed in full-color. ChefJet is expected to be available in the second half of 2014 and will be priced in the sub-$10,000 range. To sign up for updates, please visit http://www,3dsystems.com/ces.

Developed for food professionals this gadget is out of the price range of the average consumer, but a fun idea for a Sunday afternoon’s contemplation. I can see sugar cubes, like the ones in the bottom right of the photo, in exclusive restaurants. You could build personalized chocolates for your loved one, design your own wedding cake topper, or edible company logos for a big event (a merger party comes to mind for some reason ;D) .

If you could have access to this technology for one project what would you create?

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