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Ovation: 3D Chocolate Printing.

01/26/2014

3DChocolateSometimes it feels like I’m about three or four months behind the trend.  If I have a good idea, something really clever, it seems that someone else makes it popular shortly thereafter.  It seems that we can even talk about painting the walls in one of our bedrooms an unusual color and the next week we’ll see that very color in every department store and home décor catalog that arrives in the mail.

When I first heard about the new 3D printing technology that’s recently been in the news, the first thing that came to my mind was how wonderful it would be to use it with chocolate to make candy figures for cake decorations, cupcake toppers, wedding favors and a host of other ideas.

A company called 3D Systems has teamed up with Hershey’s in announcing they will be creating a 3D chocolate printer.

“We embrace new technologies such as 3D printing as a way to keep moving our timeless confectionery treats into the future.” Hershey’s in a statement.

The ability to create completely customizable, edible treats could be the beginning of a new candy industry.  Imagine birthday parties and Halloween with customized treat!  Some are calling the chocolate 3D technology the “easy bake oven of the digital age”.

Later this year 3D Systems will begin to sell ChefJet and ChefJet Pro printers with an estimated price tag of $5,000 each.  Hershey’s has not announced when they might bring a 3D chocolate printer to market or how much it might cost.  But you don’t have to be a candy maker to start dreaming about how you would use the technology.

Anything you can imagine, you’ll soon be able to imagine in chocolate!

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4 Comments
  1. Now that is a3D idea I can sink my teeth into.

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  2. ka person permalink

    In order to 3-d print in chocolate what changes, if any, do they have to make
    to the chocolate. And since this is a product for consumption the machine would have
    to be cleaned – how easy is that? You can tell I have Luddite tenancies… 🙂

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  3. I’ve had to clear paper jams out of our printer. I can only imagine how gross a chocolate jam would be to clear out. I think I’ll take my chocolate the old-fashioned way for now.

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