While I’m working on a post about 3d printing (the implications are so much more than you think!), I want to show you the prettiest application of the technology I’ve come across so far: 3d-printed sugar shapes.
The Chefjet 3d Sugar Printer, developed by 3d Systems, uses design software to create shapes which are then “printed” in moistened sugar, with or without flavouring.
Imagine the uses for cake decorations:
Special sugar cubes for wedding coffee:
Fun accessories for a party table:
Unfortunately the printers cost about $5,000-$10,000, so I won’t be buying one anytime soon, but if I were a professional baker, I would seriously consider the investment.
I think that this is amazing. Just one example of how worlds of creativity are opening up and changing things we take for granted. A very sweet example, at that.
(All images from 3D Systems – The Sugar Labs)
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For more on 3d printing, check out my Flipboard magazine “3d printing”: