EPHEMERAL ART: Amazing 3D Food Printing
Imagine this, instead of ink you can fill your desktop printer with chocolate and make amazing edible sculptures and decorations.
Sounds like something out of Willy Wonka, but thanks to technological advances, the candy man and woman, can do just that.
At a recent consumer electronics show in Las Vegas, companies unveiled printers that can not only make whimsical chocolate and sugar creations, but also practical foods like pizza, ravioli, quiche, and hamburgers.
Food specialists have developed a craving for these new printers, and American chocolate maker Hershey’s announced last week it plans to work with the company 3D systems on the development of a special 3D chocolate printer.
This does lead me to wonder though, just because you can do something with technology and a printer, is it better than if it is done by a human hand? In the case of pizza or ravioli, thanks but no thanks, “printer.” I’ll continue to make those dishes myself the old fashioned way.
But as for those intricate sugar cubes and chocolate sculptures, I could see them atop a wedding cake.
BBC video about 3D food printing: