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Video: 'Candy’ 3D-Prints Your Sweets

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Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   9/15/2014 5:58:11 AM
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Exactly, Debera, I think the price is affordable enough that enthusiasts at home can take advantage of this technology and have a lot of fun with it at home.

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Debera Harward   9/15/2014 4:53:45 AM
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Definitly traditions are traditions and how can one forget about the smell which comes near or inside bateries but i totally agree by using our traditional skills and these electronic devices will helpo us to come up with something unique and new

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Debera Harward   9/15/2014 4:52:08 AM
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Oh great Elizebeth it sounds very interesting candies and all confectionaries 3D printed it will be a great advantage and treat for all sweet lovers who every now and then have craving for some unique sweets . It will definitely help them out

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William K.   9/6/2014 5:25:42 PM
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The problem that comes from having a machine of some kind do the hard parts is that quite often it leads to not understanding what the process really is, and having no concept of what the important variables are. Bob Pease used to complain about that a whole lot, and his judgement was based on a huge amount of understanding of how things worked.

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   9/4/2014 6:21:42 AM
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I like the "maker" attitude and revival, NadineJ. You're right that lots of basic skills have been lost and these types classes and opportunities for people to learn and practice help. But dabbling in knitting, for example, is not the same as practicing and making it a lifelong activity or passion. But it definitely helps a little and maybe gives tech heads a perspective from the other side of things.

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NadineJ   9/3/2014 1:12:38 PM
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I don't think new technology is bad, obviously.  But I it's not good to forget the foundations.

Part of the huge new trend and movement known as DIY or Maker, is to go back to making your own things...a sweater, shoes, pickles, etc.  Mass production does it well enough. The skills needed to create these things are almost lost.  The number of Maker classes around the country have increased greatly. As a result, we can learn basic knitting, for example, but you won't get that subtle amazing skill that someone's great-grandmother spent years perfecting.  There's no one to pass it on. Convenience trumped creativity and design suffered.

Hopefully, this trend will help future developments progress without anmesia.  Having both is ideal.

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   9/3/2014 4:57:06 AM
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Ah, don't think that would be possible, Cabe! Although I am puzzling a bit over your comment...!

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   9/3/2014 4:55:36 AM
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Yes, exactly, William K. I think the point of this is not to take the artistry away from confection making, but to make it easier for mass production. And I am sure home baking enthusiasts who want to produce a large number of cookies for holidays and parties will welcome the chance to do it so easily this way.

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   9/3/2014 4:40:13 AM
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That's an interesting point, NadineJ. Technology is definitely progress and certainly helps designers, but you're right, it also allows them to "skip" in a way having certain basic skills. Drawing is a good example of this. Unfortunately, I think a lot of new engineers will take the shortcut and perhaps never learn to do things by hand. I'm not sure it's a bad thing, just different. Perhaps they will learn other technology-related skills to supplement.

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William K.   8/30/2014 9:30:16 PM
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A 3D printer for confections is an interesting concept indeed. It will certainly not replace the artisitc skills of a master, but it would be very handy at producing a hundred copies all the same and in a reasonable time. Like any other tool, it is no substitute for talent, although it will allow a lot of would-be artists who lack the skill to go from an idea to finished product in one pass. Not all can make a perfect line freehand, especially with cake frosting or peanut butter. But if you need to decorate a hundred gingerbread men this tool would certainly produce better results, especially on the last dozen.

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