A German company has developed a 3D printer that allows you to create your own gummy treats.
If you’ve ever wanted to be Willy Wonka, you’re in luck. Recent advancements in 3D printing have ushered in a number of new machines capable of spitting out various materials, like chocolate, sugar, batter and now, gummies. The brainchild of candy company Katjes, the self-proclaimed “first printer for food to reach the consumer market” was revealed at Café Grün-Ohr in Berlin, Germany.
While from afar, The Magic Candy Factory may appear to be just an ordinary FDM-based printer, a closer look inside will reveal that it’s not extruding plastic, but gummy goodness instead. Users can choose from one of 10 fruity flavors and seven colors, or combine multiple ones for a “rainbow blend,” as well as pick from a variety of shapes to make their own bear, worm or whatever they desire.
To produce the candy, a cartridge is placed inside a chamber located above the printer’s nozzle. A customer uses an iPad interface to customize their confectionary creation and then proceeds to hit “print.” From there, the chamber heats up, along with the tasty contents inside, and expels the preprogrammed shapes — including an octopus, a butterfly and a strawberry — through a pump syringe layer by layer onto a plate. The candy cools down and hardens before being consumed. The entire process takes about five minutes for a 10g gummy design.
(Images: Katjes, Ruptly)