Printing food, until now, seemed like a long way off. Yet at CES 2014 3D Systems has unveiled its ChefJet capable of 3D printing sweets.
The ChefJet, aimed at a spot in your kitchen, comes with a Digital Cookbook that lets even non-CAD users create and print treats. Using sugar and water as base materials creations are only limited by your imagination. While aimed at professional pastry chefs, the printer can be used by anyone. But there are two models aimed at differing levels of use.
The ChefJet 3D can print using chocolate, vanilla, mint, sour apple, cherry and watermelon flavours up to a size of 8-inches by 8-inches by 6-inches. These are all in one colour only.
The ChefJet 3D Pro is a full-colour printer that also prints with chocolate, vanilla, mint, sour apple, cherry and watermelon flavours and colours. This model can manage sizes up to 10-inches by 14-inches by 8-inches.
Used with the 3D Systems Sense scanner, technically, any real world object can be scanned and printed off in sweet form. Want a real model of yourself and your bride on your wedding cake? It's now possible.
"Food is an incredible platform for creativity, experimentation, and celebration and we are thrilled to place these powerful 3D printers in bakers and chefs’ kitchens," said Liz von Hasseln, creative director food products, 3DS. "We invite leading pastry chefs, restaurateurs and event planners to join us in bringing 3D printing into the kitchen."
Both printers will go on sale in the second half of 2014 with the Chef Jet priced under $5000 and the ChefJet Pro at under $10,000.
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