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3D Sugar Printers: The Start of the Future of Printable Food?

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Who would have thought that Flint Lockwood has a counterpart in the real world? When people watched Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, the one question that was in everyone?s mind was how cool would it be if the ?Flint Lockwood Diatonic Super Mutating Dynamic Food Replicator? or FLDSMDFR for short, is real?

Well, we may just have to wait for a couple more years to taste a burger from a machine, but for now, we can console ourselves with sugar and chocolate confections straight out from a 3D printer.

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Created by husband and wife tandem Kyle and Liz von Hasseln through their Sugar Lab company, the 3D printer builds the confections by spraying sugar and a precise amount of water one layer at a time.? The couple?s company has since been bought by 3D Systems and has developed their first creation to become the ChefJet and ChefJet Pro.

Showcased at the recently concluded Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the ChefJet (USD 5,000) and Chefjet Pro can create monochromatic or multi-colored sweets in geometric designs.? Available flavors are vanilla, mint, sour apple, watermelon and cherry.

In an interview with The Independent, Liz, now the 3D Systems creative director of food products, said that they are hoping that the ChefJet will eventually be part of the kitchens of leading pastry chefs, restaurateurs and event planners.

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?Food is an incredible platform for creativity, experimentation and celebration and we are thrilled to place these powerful 3D printers in bakers and chef?s kitchens,? Liz said.

The Digital Cookbook app has also been created by 3D Systems to assist future owners of the printers in their creations.

While the ChefJet is the first of its kind in terms of commercially available printable food, other companies have also unveiled their plans.? Natural Machines, a Barcelona company, has built the Foodini system that can create chocolate, pasta and pizza from layers of liquidised ingredients.? Choc Edge, a British company, sells printers that can make chocolate printed patterns. ?An engineering firm is also said to be tapped by the NASA to build a food printer that can be used by astronauts.

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