Food printing is one of the segments of 3D printing technology to amaze time after time. On a global scale, people are working on chocolate printers, candy printers and even pancake printers. There are also more healthy experiments with food printing, by companies such as Natural Machines. A new kind of food printing to be added to the ever growing list of 3D printed foods is 3D printed chewing gum. Yes, that’s right: chewing gum which comes from a 3D printer.
Meet the GumJet: a 3D printer able to print out chewing gum. Two London-based students – Chia-Ling Lin and Maria Nelson – created their food printer themselves. How they did it, they rather don’t reveal, as the printer is still being patented. Nevertheless, the printer is capable of printing out a pretty good looking piece of chewing gum. Their project is called GumLab.
For the same reason, they don’t want to spoil any details about their chewing gum filament. However, if you take a look at the video (below) of the process, you’ll see exactly how it works. The printer prints the material – gum resin with a flavor – on a layer-by-layer base. Because of this approach, they are able to print pieces of gum in any kind of shape.
It is the variety of shapes that makes their chewing gum pieces worth the try, say the students. Because they are able to create chewing gum with any kind of texture, you can feel the textures in your mouth. The taste of the gum, then? Is it any good? It seems to be the same as normal chewing gum – again: so they say. The team is currently searching for start-ups and foundings to collaborate with them on building a next generation chewing gum printer. It could therefore take a while before we can buy our chewing gum filament online and print out out own gum. A gum printer: would you go for that?
Credits images: GumLab.