3D Printing Targets Your Sweet Tooth

January 9, 2014

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I’m going to put it out there – I love food. That’s why it’s no surprise that one of the coolest things I got to try at the 2014 International CES yesterday included the edible candies made via a 3D printer. Yes, you read that correctly. These little treats were produced by ChefJet, the new 3D printer from 3D Systems. Along with the announcement of the CeraJet ceramic printer and the CubeJet full color powder printer, 3D systems revealed their ChefJet series of sugar printers that create edible chocolate and sugar prints.

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The first two printers in the series include the countertop ChefJet and the larger format ChefJet Pro 3D Printers. It’s clear that these machines are able to create beautiful edible prints effortlessly, making them a must have item for bakers and restaurant owners moving forward. According to press materials, 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.” The ChefJet Pro boasts a larger build volume of 10x 14×8. And impressively, both machines are set to be available in a variety of recipes like chocolate, vanilla, mint, sour apple, cherry and watermelon towards the end of 2014.

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After examining the jaw dropping edible designs displayed at the 3D Systems booth, I decided to taste a few of these edible treats myself! Because the prints are sugar-based designs, the texture dissolves quite quickly once eaten. However, overall, it was still tasty considering it was printed right there in the booth!

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I’m quite interested to see how this technology evolves. Can 3D pasta be next? The thought of it is just making me hungry…