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LAS VEGAS –- 3D printing is officially delicious.
At the International CES here this week, 3D Systems, a South Carolina-based company, unveiled what it’s billing as “the world’s first and only professional-certified, kitchen-ready 3D food printer.”
It can print sugar, chocolate or candy in pretty much any design imaginable.
To create a sweet, the printer needs water and dry powder ingredients.
Here’s how it works: A rolling pin-like mechanism first spreads a fine, even layer of powder on the printing surface. An inkjet print head then sprays a narrow stream of water, drawing on the layer of sugar in whatever pattern the owner has pre-programmed. When the water hits the powder, it recrystallizes, so that whatever the water touches hardens.
The process is repeated layer-by-layer, building the treat from the bottom up, printing at the rate of a vertical inch each hour.
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