Food printers aren’t just a figment of your imagination anymore. Although there’s still a long way to go before their commercial release, several developers already have them in the works. The latest of these is the Choc Edge 3D printer which, as its name suggests, prints patterns, sculptures, and whatever you want it to using chocolate.
Pretty sweet, huh? And in more ways than one. Aside from 3D creations, the Choc Edge can also be used to create 2D chocolate designs and patterns on cakes and pastries, which chefs currently make by using pipettes.
In 3D chocolate printing, chocolate is melted, tempered and deposited into 2D cross-section on a substrate like a printer printing a 2D image onto paper. The substrate is then lowered by a layer thickness and the deposition process repeats layer-by-layer to form a solid 3D chocolate product that is defined by a 3D computer design.
The Choc Edge wasn’t exactly made for hobbyists and chocolate lovers as the £2,888 (about $4743) price tag means it’s more for chocolatiers and chefs who can afford the machine and work it into their ROIs.
VIA [ RedFerret ]