Having only recently acquired the 3D printed sugar company The Sugar Lab a few months ago, 3D Systems is already keeping the momentum moving in expanding 3D printing to chefs, bakers, and anybody looking to create conversational-worthy sugar cubes modeled in Grasshopper to have with tea. Expected to be available in the second half of 2014, the ChefJet lineup of 3D printers that is capable of printing everything from chocolate creations to sour candies will certainly introduce a new era of food innovations….just don’t tell your dentist.
A 3D Printer for the Kitchen
It seems like only yesterday the concept of having iPads or other ‘smart’ touchscreen devices in the kitchen were thought to be a scene out of science fiction, but the ability to print food next to your toaster is in an entirely different category of it’s own.
The ChefJet Series of 3D Printers will include two models: the ChefJet and the ChefJet Pro which are both powered by software designed for the non-CAD user called The Digital Cookbook. From a hardware design perspective, both are designed to match other kitchen countertop appliances with a monochromatic color scheme. The full-color and multi-flavored prints can be made from a variety of edible materials including chocolate, vanilla, mint, sour apple, and cherry sugars.
The ChefJet will come in at less than $5,000 and will feature a build volume of 8 in x 8 in x 6 in and the ChefJet Pro will have a slightly larger build volume of 10 in x 14 in x 8 in at a cost of less than $10,000. At this point in time, the final prices are unknown however both are set to release later this year.
(Images via 3D Systems)