3D Printed Sugar

3D printing is becoming more and more popular in our lives.  Technology moves at such a rate that we’ve swiftly left behind the early days of 3D printing where the machines were too huge and too expensive to be of any real use to people.  Nowadays, almost anyone can buy a home 3D printer for around £1000, and there’s both incredible and worrying breakthroughs being made with it from bicycles and jewellery to clothing, and even a transplant jaw.

Then there is the incredible Thingiverse containing a whole plethora of open source files to print.  Broken glasses or shower head?  Just download, customise, and print yourself a new one!

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And now food.  Not printing food from scratch per se, though that concept isn’t in the too far distant future (as revealed at CES 2014), but printing with food as the material rather than the more traditional polymer.

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Raising the bar in the world of complex and intricate 3D printing is LA-based architectural duo The Sugar Lab who, in the process of making a birthday cake for a friend, were inspired to produce a printed cake.  Several experiments later and they can now produce things like this.

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Using a water and alcohol mixture they very selectively wet, and thus harden, the sugar to produce both organic and geometric shapes in a completely unique way.

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Beautiful structures.  Endless possibilities.








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5 Responses to “3D Printed Sugar”


  1. 1 jofish95 January 10, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    An interesting way to store sugar, just chip a bit off into your cuppa aha.

  2. 4 Jackie B. January 31, 2014 at 1:51 am

    These are beautiful. They remind me of the amazing (and edible) art that is created by cake makers, for weddings and such.

  3. 5 daniellesternberg34 February 1, 2014 at 12:27 am

    Reblogged this on DJS Sketchbook .


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