3D Systems, a 3D printer manufacturer based in South Carolina, has unveiled its newest 3D printer at CES this year, the ChefJet™ that creates splendid confections of sugar. Users can create any design they desire and 3D print the candy in a variety of flavors, including chocolate, vanilla, mint, sour apple, cherry and watermelon.
The ChefJet™ was originally developed by husband-and-wife team Liz and Kyle Von Hasseln. Liz and Kyle are both architects and they first stumbled upon the idea when they hacked a 3D printer to create a customized cake for a friend. The Hasslens went on to create The Sugar Lab, which was recently acquired by 3D Systems in September of 2013. The dessert 3D printer is aimed towards restaurateurs, candy-makers, and professional chefs.
“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.”
To create treats, the ChefJet™ takes a 3D model file that the user has created and then spreads a layer of powder on the print bed. Then an inkjet printer sprays water in the design of the 3D model which crystalizes and hardens the powder. Another layer of powder is deposited and the process is repeated until the candy is complete.
The ChefJet™ has a build volume of 8x8x6” and comes with The Digital Cookbook for easy-to-make recipes. The printer also comes with software for the non-CAD user, so you don’t need to know how to 3D model to use the ChefJet™. The cost is under $5,000.
The ChefJet™ Pro is an upgraded version of the ChefJet™ and comes with a larger print size (10x14x8”) and prints goodies in full-color. The cost is under $10,000.
The ChefJet™ and the ChefJet™ Pro will be available for purchase during the latter half of 2014.