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OLD_CURMUDGEON
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Re: Edible Desserts, etc.
OLD_CURMUDGEON   6/7/2013 7:42:38 AM
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Charles,  The vans that I've referred to showcase edible fruit, vegetables which have been artistically decorated into an arrangement, and are then consumed at various galas, functions, meetings, receptions, etc.  These are for EATING, not for decoration, but they've been "stylized" to add to the decorum of the events.

Another blogger commented about "IMHO" (whatever that means???) ,and called it wasteful...... IF people consume the end product, then WHY is it wasteful????

William K.
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3D printing with sugar, again
William K.   6/8/2013 9:47:06 AM
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Prining with sugar would also be a good way to make positives for casting many materials. The finished sugar object could simply be disolved from inside the coating, not quite like the lost wax or styrofoam processes, but using water instead of heat. Much less enviromental impact, I think, and all done at low temperature. And the material is cheaper. 

Of course, making edible decorations is a nice niche to be in because hereis not much competition, at least not yet.And for those who complain about the sugar being unhealthy, this is probably expensive enough to prevent a whole lot of consumption.

And about the melting temperature; softening and reduction of bond strength happen at much lower temperatures than the melting point, as with many other materials.

Debera Harward
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3D Printing With Sugar
Debera Harward   6/9/2013 2:00:56 AM
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Cabe, Thats really an interesting article and i am too much surprised and excited to hear that 3D printing can be done with sugar .This is indeed a very sweet concept .But is 3D printing with sugar safe ?what i beleive is that sugar melts at particular temperature doesnt that object also gets melted . Secondly do we have to protect the sugar 3D printed object with insects . Is this printing long lasting ?

Cabe Atwell
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Re: 3D Printing With Sugar
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

Cabe Atwell
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Re: Pretty sweet...
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

Elizabeth M
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Re: Pretty sweet...
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.

Debera Harward
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Re: 3D Printing With Sugar
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 .

Cabe Atwell
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Re: 3D Printing With Sugar
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

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

Rob Spiegel
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Re: Printed chocolate has gotta be coming
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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