The world of 3D printed food has been taking some big steps, as American candy giant The Hershey Company has teamed up with 3D Systems to produce its own 3D printed sweets. The companies have signed a multi-year joint development agreement in order to implement new ways of creating candy for the masses.
This news followed days after 3D Systems successfully demonstrated its new 3D food printers at CES 2014. The brand new ChefJet and ChefJet Pro can both create sugary products, such as candy. To be more specific, the ChefJet is able to produce candy with one flavor, using sugar, water, ink and one of the possible flavors, such as mint, vanilla, cherry and watermelon. The ChefJet Pro can create candy in different colors and both printers are capable of producing cake toppings and garnishes. They are both expected to be delivered in the second half of 2014.
With the biggest producer of chocolate in North America on its side, the field of 3D printing sweets is definitely taking a step towards the “zone of success”. 3D Systems can use the money from the chocolate brand to improve and test its food printers. According to Nasdaq, The Hershey Company’s William Papa has said the following about this cooperation: “We believe that innovation is key to delivering relevant, compelling consumer experiences with our iconic brands. Whether it’s creating a whole new form of candy or developing a new way to produce it, we embrace new technologies such as 3D printing as a way to keep moving our timeless confectionery treats into the future.”
However, this collaboration is not the first sign of 3D printing food in the world, as companies such as Choc Edge and Piq Chocolates have already developed techniques to produce 3D printed chocolate. Right now all eyes are on Barcelona-mased company Natural Machines, which works on a 3D printer that is able to produce anything made of dough, paste or stiff liquid, such as all pastas and breads. If you would like to read more on 3D printing food techniques, then you will probably find it useful to read our article Will Our Future Food Be 3D Printed?.
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