Sweet action- Laser engraved 3d print

Ever wanted to eat your our jewelry or sweeten up your coffee in a unique way?
Well I can now help you with that.

This is a 3d printed ring I made using only my laser cutter and standard white sugar!

The process uses the heat generated in the laser beam to semi-melt the sugar crystals which are then fused together as it cools.
After a single pass on the laser I lowered the Z axis of the laser cutter, threw in a bit more sugar and hit “Go” once again.

I repeated this process 4 times and in the end it created this 5mm thick ring made from just sugar.

And the best part I didn’t even mention yet. While the laser is melting the sugar it smells just like Fairy Floss, oh yum.

How cool is that!?

Since this first attempt I have also produced and interlocking ring to prove its possible.
Now I am thinking of a printing system for even sugar delivery for improved part consistency.

Now I have to come up with something truly “sweet” to make, suggestions welcome.

The structure was stronger than I originally expected.

The ring shape after a single pass of the laser cutter.

The laser engraved sugar link

 

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4 thoughts on “Sweet action- Laser engraved 3d print

  1. Bram D March 8, 2012 at 11:25 am Reply

    Your blog is getting me more and more interested in the possibilities of 3D printing/ laser cutting of food. Very inspiring!
    (I met you yesterday at the Fabtafel in Den Bosch)

  2. […] cutter to sugar, effectively producing a selective laser sintering device for his kitchen.  In a blog entry dated October 4, 2011, the inventor […]

  3. […] In seinem Blog berichtete er im Oktober 2011 über sein Druckverfahren. Der Laserstrahl schmilzt die Zuckerkristalle dem Bericht zufolge um die Hälfe, welche dann miteinander verschmolzen werden sobald sie abkühlen. Er senkte die Z-Achse des Laserschneiders, verwendete etwas mehr Zucker und schaltete das Gerät wieder ein. Den Vorgang wiederholte er vier Mal wodurch am Ende ein Zucker-Ring mit 5 mm Durchmesser entstanden war. Das Schmelzen des Zuckers erzeugte seinen Worten nach einen Duft wie Zuckerwatte und sei sehr lecker. […]

  4. […] cutter to sugar, effectively producing a selective laser sintering device for his kitchen.  In a blog entry dated October 4, 2011, the inventor […]

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