3D printing may or may not be the future of food, but for now it’s at least the future of fancy candy. A 3D printer designed to print custom gummy candy hits the U.S. today. Designed by a UK company, the printers will be featured at several locations of the high-end sweets emporium Dylan’s Candy Bar, which is owned by Dylan Lauren (daughter of fashion mogul Ralph Lauren).
Aptly named the Magic Candy Factory, it’s reportedly the only 3D printer in the world with plug and play design software, and is capable of churning out custom-printed gummy candies in less than five minutes. A press release explains how it works: “The Magic Candy Factory is based on Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) in which a special mixture of natural vegan ingredients is heated up and applied using a nozzle to produce different shape combinations. The shapes are then turned into coded instructions, from an easy-to-use, user-friendly tablet in-store, alerting the printer where, at what speed and what frequency is needed to apply each of the layers.”
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