Most of you know me for my laser cutting work, however my other passion is additive manufacturing or 3D printing as it is commonly known. I have worked in this industry for a large portion of my career and use it on a daily bases to create parts, models and end user products.
Some time ago I started researching how to 3d print sugar. Using my powder based system I optimised it to be able to create 3d printed models made completely from sugar. Best part is you can eat it too!!
This opens up a world of opportunity.
This is a example of a model I created last week.
My plans are to continue developing the system and working to a better end product.
You could say my job is pretty sweet.
Come and visit us at 3dchef and see our latest edible 3d prints.
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