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Hershey Signs Deal to Develop 3D Chocolate Printers

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3D Printers have become quite the popular gadget nowadays with the machines looking past plastics and diving into the food world. From sour candies to pizzas 3D Systems has got a leg up on the competition with their ChefJet printers. The company debuted the kitchen-ready ChefJet a couple of weeks ago at the International Consumer Electronics Show but after inking a deal with chocolate giant Hershey’s, the company will now focus on creating a 3D printer that prints in chocolate, which is basically like printing your own money.

Hershey’s is excited about the move saying:

Whether it’s creating a whole new form of candy or developing a new way to produce it, we embrace new technologies such as 3-D printing as a way to keep moving our timeless confectionery treats into the future.

Though the Hershey specific printer will solely print sweets, it will still fall under 3D Systems’ existing line of ChefJet printers. No word on whether or not the printer will be released to the public, but personally, if I can have my own Kit Kat factory in the comfort of my own home I’m all over it.

H/T HuffPo + PicThx CNN Money

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3D Food Printer Could Solve World Hunger with Printable Pizza

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The food of the future comes from a can and tastes like algae and insects . . . at least according to Anjan Contractor, the engineering mastermind behind the 3D food printer that promises to revolutionize our dinner plates and solve world hunger. That sounds like a lot to expect from a few cans of powdered grasshopper, but NASA has invested $125,000 worth of solid faith into Contractor’s abilities so we’re betting he’s onto something.

Here’s the basics: the 3D food printer works by using canisters of powdered “food building blocks” (including protein powder made from insects) that are combined and then “cooked” within Contractor’s printer. The canisters can last for up to 30 years and would be used up completely and then replaced — thus eliminating food waste entirely. Further down the line, Contractor envisions the printer tailoring each meal for an individual person’s needs by, say, adding more protein for a bodybuilder and more calcium for someone with osteoporosis. That’s still pretty far in the future, though. Right now, Contractor is just focused on trying to print a pizza.

H/T Mashable, PicThnx TheVerge