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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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