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Is Your Kitchen Ready for Hershey’s 3D Chocolate Printer?

You know those days when you need chocolate, but don’t want to put on pants? 3D Systems and The Hershey Company have teamed up to make sure you don’t have to.

3D Systems revealed the CocoJet, a 3D chocolate printer, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Vegas today. That’s right chocoholics, you can now print chocolate.

The 3D printer creates intricate, geometric designs through synchronized printing and the movement of a platform. After each layer is printed, the platform moves down momentarily in order to let the chocolate cool.

3D Systems has yet to announce a specific time frame for when the CocoJet will be available to businesses and consumers, but they definitely intend to bring it to market. The company’s ChefJet and ChefJet Pro, which make various types of candy, retail for about $5,000 and $10,000, respectively.

Prepare your bodies and bank accounts. Discard your pants.

H/t Market Watch

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Technology

AWESOME: You Can Now 3D Print with Nutella

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Nutella’s so good, you can now print it.

Structur3D Printing is running a Kickstarter campaign for a universal paste extruder called the Discov3ry Exruder that goes beyond the typical plastic material printing. That means paste-like materials can be printed through any filament-based 3D printer.

Among the things that can be created through this extruder are Nutella and sugar icing.

Their original goal was to raise $30,000 for their project, but they blew past that number a few days into their Kickstarter campaign and currently stand at over $80,000 raised, with over 300 backers.

The idea behind the Discov3ry Extruder is to make 3D printing “More relevant to everyday uses”.

The project is scheduled to be funded July 15 and now offers more print color options for their backers.

Along with the Nutella printing, they also printed star wars sugar icing toppers and frosted cupcakes using the Discov3ry Extruder.

While it’s cool (and delicious) to make Nutella-filled treats, Structur3D Printing looks to go beyond the typical 3D creations. 3D 3-course meals? It’s only a matter of time, folks.

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Hit-Or-Miss

3D Printer Cranks Out Incredibly Realistic Model of KFC Drumstick

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While 3D printers have so far cranked out everything from edible Oreos to beautiful sugar candies, a recent creation might put everything else to shame – a KFC drumstick.

LifeHacker Japan recently visited the 3D printing firm iJet to have one item of their choice reproduced, and they chose the delicious KFC Colonel’s Original Recipe chicken staple. Genius. The reporters even brought in an actual drumstick to aid in the printing process.

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After the iJet technicians scanned the chicken, it was converted into a digital 3D model that came out very close to the real deal. These printers aren’t yet perfected, so every single nook and cranny wasn’t replicated, but the result was still impressive. The printed chicken even came out with a shiny glaze to duplicate the greasy exterior of the original.

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KFC

KFC

KFC

Unfortunately, the world has yet to recreate a bona fide edible drumstick. Still, this colored gypsum version is pretty lifelike and has potential for real-world use, as many Japanese restaurants use plastic foods to display their menu options.

H/T RocketNews24 + Picthx Lifehacker Japan

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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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Intricate 3D-Printed Chair Crafted from Sugar and Sake

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3D food printers have recently started to gain popularity, as we’ve seen at CES and with those lifelike chocolate faces. But London-based designer Daniel Widrig has taken this edible art one step further with his Degenerate Chair creation.

The intricately-woven sculpture is made entirely from the designer’s own Z Corp 3D printing machine using a mixture of plaster, sugar and sake. While the chair’s elements are simple, the actual building process is quite complex. Widrig first modeled the chair using 3D tiling software and after perfecting its shape, it was broken down into high-res voxels, or three dimensional pixels. Because the printer couldn’t accommodate the entire chair, it had to be printed in three parts and put together separately. What resulted is no doubt strange and beautiful:

Degenerate Chair

Degenerate Chair

Widrig’s Degenerate Chair is currently on display in Orléans, France at the FRAC Centre through March.

H/T + Picthx PSFK

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Sweets

3D Printer Creates Creepy Sculpture of Your Face in Dark, Milk or White Chocolate

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To all my fellow chocoholics out there, I assume we can agree on one thing: chocolate in any form rules. M&M’s, mochas, heck — even chocolate taquitos are bomb. However, what’s the one thing a true cocoa lover desires? A life-size chocolate face. Amiright?

All creepiness aside, Choc Edge is redefining the world of dessert, one delicious face at a time. Using the world’s first 3D chocolate printer, the Choc Creator V1, Choc Edge can create your own replica for $80-$130 in dark, white or milk chocolate. It does so by applying just .05mm of chocolate at a time, carefully building up the image.

Watch the printer create a chocolate snowflake below:

Interested in nibbling on your face? Head on over to Choc Edge for ordering info.

H/T + Picthx That’s Nerdalicious