3D Food Printers (by Katrina Luo)

The most innovative dessert printer we’ve seen yet !

3D printing technique has took a step further in the food industry, there are numbers of 3D food printers on the market, but most simply create shapes from pre-prepared ingredients. However, one 3D printing company has gone in a different direction, it does not limit to already-process food.

A sugar sculpture created with a Chefjet Pro printer.

A sugar sculpture created with a Chefjet Pro printer.

In the beginning of 2014, a 3D printing company, 3D systems had launched the world’s first and only professionally certified, kitchen-ready food 3D printers. These food printers can directly process sugar to create multiple shapes, they are named Chefjet™ and Chefjet™Pro, Chefjet™ can print in black and white while Chefjet™Pro can print in colour. With these two machines, culinary artists of all kinds can create stunning and tasty decorations, edible sculptures and confection of all shapes and size.

Some of the sugary treats produced by the Chefjet Pro 3D printer

Some of the sugary treats produced by the Chefjet Pro 3D printer

Monochrome sweets produces from the standard Chefjet

Monochrome sweets produces from the standard Chefjet

Here are four simple steps to understand how this machine works:

  1. A layer of fine, dry sugar is laid down.
  2. An inkjet printhead jets water onto the surface of what will eventually become the hardened pieces of the object.
  3. The water re-crystalized the sugar and hardens it.
  4. Once the sculpting is done, the excess sugar falls away.
3D Systems unveiled the Chefjet and Chejet Pro at CES 2014

3D Systems unveiled the Chefjet and Chejet Pro at CES 2014

“We are looking at the Chefjet printer as a professional- garde machine,” von Hasseln, co-inventor of 3D systems’ Chefjet said. “The Chefjet and Chefjet Pro are really the only printers on the market that are appropriate for that level. They’ll be the first kitchen- certified 3D printers, meaning they’ll be used in commercial, professional settings. No other 3D printers have done that.”

In other words, this is not the next microwave yet. But as the science continues to evolve, von Hasseln does see additional practical uses for her invention.

This invention has pushed cuisine art to another level, imagination is no longer stuck in human’s head, all kinds of challenging shapes can be done with technology now.

Further reading and video links:

http://www.3dsystems.com/chefjet

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8w6jgE7raCo

Published by Katrina Xingyi Luo

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One Response to “3D Food Printers (by Katrina Luo)”
  1. momahony2014 says:

    Katrina,
    Very interesting. I wonder if we might manage this on OCADU 3D printers.
    Marie

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