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3D Printing With Sugar
6/5/2013

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bobjengr
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bobjengr   6/22/2013 8:14:10 PM
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I beg to differ with you on this one Nadine.  My wife owned and ran a catering company for 17 years to help with our three son's tuition.  One of the hardest things to bring about was innovation to baked goods, specifically wedding cakes.  You have to be extremely creative to meet the ever-changing needs of brides (and their mom's) when designing these cakes.  Same-o-same-o just won't do.  I definitely wish 3D printing had been available during those years.  Maybe we could have really made the news.  Excellent article Cabe.

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William K.   6/13/2013 9:26:08 PM
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Debera, the point of most confections is that besides being art they are also food. So durability and longevity are not major requirements. I prefer my confections to not contain a lot of preservatives, even though I am certain that the preservatives I have eaten are preserving me. 

Besides all of that, would you really want a desert that was "durable?" I would never choose a pie with a durable crust, I think that most would agree with that.

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Rob Spiegel   6/11/2013 9:49:20 PM
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Yes, William K, TJ McDermott posted this video of 3D chocolate in an early comment. You're right, it's a stream.

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Rob Spiegel   6/11/2013 9:24:56 PM
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Now that's a great video, TJ. The prinbting is cool and there's a great payoff at the end.

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Rob Spiegel   6/11/2013 9:17:16 PM
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Yes, Chuck. I think this idea could certainly beat chocolate fountains. 

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Cabe Atwell   6/11/2013 5:29:24 PM
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Debera,

I am pretty sure the goal of all this sugar printing is to "revolutionize," or at least modernize, the confectionary industry.

I will eat delicate art all day, if I could.

C

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Debera Harward   6/11/2013 5:05:04 PM
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Cabe , That is my point when the object can get melt and eaten up by ants whats the use of using sugar in 3D Printing . 3D printing should either be done with material other than sugar or some sort of chemical or any preservative should be included to protect it from getting damaged .

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Elizabeth M   6/11/2013 4:35:09 AM
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Haha, Cabe--"cake art." Well, as evidenced by your story, it is certainly an art form. (Well, I suppose people who make beautiful cakes always thought this--and seeing the cake made for my friend's recent birthday, I must agree.) You're right, 3D printing would be a good way to preserve or at least replicate the "cake art" over and over again.

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Cabe Atwell   6/10/2013 7:10:47 PM
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Elizabeth,

I watched a few cake making artists build beautiful dessert sculptures that eventually were eaten. I imagine that the printer could be used to print an artist's creation over and over, after the first one. I think that would be a good way to preserve the art. Here I am... talking about preserving cake art... I take art too seriously.

C

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Cabe Atwell   6/10/2013 7:07:44 PM
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Debera,

At the moment, no one has tested their sugar printer for food safety. However, it is only performing that function. So, I am sure it is safe. No plastic residue, I mean.

The sugar can get contaminated or damaged in the air. Set it out in the rain, and forget about it.

Bugs... of course. I imagine ants routinely steal sculptures from Liz at Sugar Labs. :)

C

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