Have you ever wondered what Willy Wonka’s factory would be making if it ‘existed’ in 2013? After attempting and failing to 3D print a cake for a friend years ago, Silver Lake-based husband and wife design team Kyle and Liz took their understanding of complex geometry and did something Wonka himself would be proud of: they created a 3D printed sugar design lab.
The Sugar Lab
Back when they were graduate students, Kyle and Liz found themselves in an absolutely horrible predicament: they wanted to bake a birthday cake for a beloved friend, however they didn’t have an oven. Being the design savvy couple that they are, a 3D printed cake of their own design seemed like the best alternative. After a period of trial and error that lasted well beyond the friend’s birthday, they managed to print their friend ‘Chelsea’ a cupcake-top decoration that spelled her name in cursive sugar. Not surprisingly, Chelsea loved it so much that Kyle and Liz decided they would set out to bring 3D printed sugar to the masses post-graduation. Thus, the Sugar Lab was officially born. Perhaps someday soon we’ll be putting Rhino Grasshopper-generated sugar hexadecagon cubes in our coffee……well, we can wish.