We are now 3D printing food. Yup, and the tasty kind too. Chocolate! Willy Wonka’s might just be rolling over in his grave. What took band of wild umpa lump’s to mischievously to create can now be replicated thanks to 3D printing.
Let’s look at Hershey, the first big food company to attempt to 3D-print confections, Hershey has the opportunity to set the standard in the world of 3D-printed treats. Hershey is partnering with 3D Systems whose product known as the ChefJet will be used by the largest chocolate producer in North America. Due to the price of 3D printers like the ChefJet that run between $5,000 and $10,000, consumers are more than likely not going to run out and make a purchase. That’s why, through this partnership between Hershey and 3D Systems, both companies hope to invent a better way to make stronger, more portable 3D-printed chocolates. If this can be done, it will make 3D-printed food a more accessible and mainstream option for everyone.
“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,” William Papa, head of research and development at Hershey’s, told CNN.
Hershey’s and 3D Systems’ printer does not yet have a release date or cost. Hershey’s has also yet to confirm whether or not it will print chocolate on an industrial scale, or make the device available as a consumer product.
Only time will tell how delicious this endeavor might get. Could you image, printing your Easter basket? A three feet tall chocolate bunny? Who knows what people will come up with. We often here of the intersection of design and technology. One can only speculate what tastiness will lie at the intersection of design and chocolate. YUM. Please check a peek from our pals at Mashable below.