In fact, it has already started. We have already seen 3D almost everything, and recently 3D candy. But lately we been seeing 3D chocolate, cake decoration and even an experimental pizza for NASA. Not sure about that pizza though. What is interesting about the 3D printed candy is that Designer and architect Liz Von Hasseln, the co-creator of ChefJet did not build a special 3D printer. They tool a normal Cube 3D printer and with some modification, were able to create 3D candy. The opened Sugar Lab where people could order 3D printed sweets and soon 3DSystems bought the company and turned their modified 3D Cube in the ChefJet and ChefJetPro. But its not just sweets.
Hershey and 3D Systems are teamed up to make 3D printed chocolates available to the public. This is the same idea with the 3D sweets and opens the same possibilities. Image amazing 3D chocolate sculptures at the next event you attend. We already do this for Easter and Christmas, why not less popular holidays? Why not on cakes? ( check out the image at the bottom ). So think about it. How many cakes do you see when you go into the supermarket? Quite a bit. Each one is hand created. Normally if you have a special event, you chose from a preset catalog of designs and have a message printed for you. Instead, we have have various cake shapes, perhaps primitives that can be cut and combined in to more interesting ‘core’ cake shapes. And then you can create your own design from a collection of 3D objects, images and text. You can create you own cake design on the fly. You can take pre existing designs and modify it. Given that we can 3D print candy, chocolate and I assume anything else that can go from liquid to solid, out cakes would not be limited to just icing. Although I have to question if there is any value to pizza on a cake…. well actually it could be good.