3D printers to be icing on cake
3D printers that can create edible food have been unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, with the makers insisting they will be the next must-have kitchen gadget for chefs.
3D Systems (3DS) revealed two ChefJet products - a smaller, counter-top device which creates monochrome products and a larger, full-colour printer.
Both produce elegant, detailed, edible objects which would be ideal for bakers and cake masters looking for the ultimate finishing touches for their products.
They can print with chocolate or sugar infused with flavours including mint, vanilla, cherry and watermelon.
The larger model, the ChefJetPro, can also produce detailed "flat" designs which could be wrapped around cakes or other products.
Both will be a pricey investment for chefs however, with the ChefJet coming on the market in the sub-5,000 dollars (£3,000) range and the larger model costing about 10,000 dollars (£6,000).
Liz von Hasseln, creative director in food products at 3DS, said "Food is an incredible platform for creativity, experimentation and celebration and we are thrilled to place these powerful 3D printers in bakers and chefs' kitchens."
Both models should be on the market in the second half of this year.