3D Printing actually edible, affordable and long-last lasting food: this has been one of the greatest challenges and goals of the 3D printing industry. Sure, more and more printers capable of printing highly-detailed and wonderful objects are being released every year, but deep down every developer is still dreaming about the food replicator from Stark Trek.
Fortunately, some wonderful advances have already been made into producing an actual food printer. In recent months we’ve seen wonderful projects like the F3D Pizza Printer and the Edible Growth printing project, while the Foodini is will be released in mere months from now. Perhaps a marketable and affordable printer is just a few years away.
And this week Open Electronics shared a cool tutorial that will allow you to modify a 3Drag 3D printer, a quite typical RepRap FDM printer, with a pastry bag. Why a pastry bag? Well, this will enable it to print chocolate as well! And not just a single type of chocolate, but just milk, white and dark chocolate in just about any shape you can think of.
This adds a new level of convenience to 3D food printing. Why purchase a specialized printer if you can just add a very specific extrusion head to your own desktop 3D printer and print yourself a treat? Furthermore, it works with just about any STL file you’d commonly use to print plastic, making it a very easy and accessible technology. So why print that rabbit in PLA if you could do it in chocolate?
Central in this is their 3Drag FDM 3D printer, that is capable of working with just about any type of filament as long as its melting point is relatively low. This even opens the floor for speculation about just about any moldable food, like ‘cream, chocolate, jellies, and soft batters, allowing you to produce sweet and savory products for decorations or other shapes’. However, this tutorial is specifically focusing on chocolate, but who knows what it will be capable of?