3D printing has just gotten cool. I mean really cool. There is no denying that the idea of being able to print objects that actually look real and that you can actually touch and play with is nice. Especially if that object is a teeny tiny version of yourself. While 3D printers are not yet that prevalent, they cannot be ignored anymore. From printing in 3D with bone to printing out your own chess set – I think that we shall be seeing more ways to amuse ourselves using 3D printers.
This new 3D printer takes home the blue ribbon in my eyes, though. Forget bone meal as the material. Forget high tech plastic. There is only one word that matters at this point: CHOCOLATE!
Some researchers in the UK have come up with the best idea of the year – a 3D printer made especially for chocolate!1
Truth be told, I am fixated on the idea of being able to “print out” chocolate sculptures any time I want to, but some seriously hard work went into the creation of this 3D printer that it is imperative that that is emphasized. For example, chocolate or cocoa has complicated heating and cooling cycles that need to be observed/followed accurately in order to create sculptures. The 3D chocolate printer is equipped with software that monitors these cycles and makes sure that they are taken into account in operation. More so, each “print out” (that’s a really weird term for this application, but since we’re talking printers, why not?) has to be done layer by layer – a painstaking process, for sure.
Are you planning a birthday party for your kid? With this 3D chocolate printer, you just might soon be able to create cute chocolate sculptures in the form of his favorite cartoon character. Alternatively, you can simply make good use of a weekend afternoon and create chocolate sculptures of Iron Man (or your superhero of choice, of course). See where I am going here?
Sad to say, the printer is not yet commercially available and there are no details yet regarding the pricing. I am willing to bet, though, that we shall be seeing this 3D chocolate printer sooner than later.
Now all we need is some bacon.