There are people in the world of 3D printing who think in the near future most of us will have a 3D printer in our kitchen. If you think about it and look at the current market of 3D food printers, you must admit they have a point saying that. Choc Edge successfully came up with a chocolate printer, Piq Chocolates offers a chocolate printing service, Natural Machines is working on a 3D printer that can produce pastas and breads and even NASA is busy with 3D printing food projects. And now 3D Systems has come up with a new food printer series, demonstrated at CES 2014.
They are called the ChefJet and ChefJet Pro and they can both create sugary products, such as candy. To be more specific, the ChefJet can 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 is able to create candy in different colors and both printers are capable of producing cake toppings and garnishes. The cool part about such printers is that you can create the shapes of the sweets on your own computer and users can create whatever shape they like. Douglas Cobb from The Guardian attended a demonstration of the printers during CES 2014 and reported that some of the sweets looked more like origami than actual candy.
They are both expected to be delivered in the second half of 2014. However, this will not mean a wide variety of people will be buying the machines this year. This is due to the expensive character of the devices. The ChefJet will cost $5,000 and the ChefJet Pro doubles this up with a total price of $10, 000. Today, 3D food printers prove to be very promising, but a lower price is necessary to make them interesting for a mass market. For now, we can assure you it’s free to have a laugh at the futuristic shapes of “tomorrow’s candy”.
Credits image: 3D Systems.