Jan.1, 2014

Entrepreneurs Liz and Kyle von Hasseln set up 'The Sugar Lab' that produces 3D-printed sugar sculptures for wedding cakes in 2011, and in September 2013 they sold their technology to the 3D printer manufacturer 3D Systems. Both having backgrounds in molecular biology and architecture, the husband and wife team is bringing 3D printing technology to the genre of mega-cool cakes.

"Basically we're mixing water and sugar, which is what frosting is," says the Sugar Lab's scruffy cofounder, Kyle von Hasseln. They use a mixture of water and alcohol, applied very precisely in a layer-wise manner, to selectively wet and harden the sugar substrate. The process is similar to other 3D printing applications, but they have optimized the process for resolution and strength with sugar, rather than with a standard 3D printing material.

They combine food with 3D printing and transforms sugar into a dimensional, structural medium that can interact with food on different terms. For example, they have designed a four-tiered wedding cake with a 3D printed sugar cake-stand. Watch the video below Liz and Kyle von Hasseln at TEDx Manhattan Beach talking about 3D Printing Dessert and how 3D printing empowers them to imagine what has never been possible before.

"The overlap of technology, food and art is so rich, and the potential for customization and innovation is limitless," said Liz von Hasseln.

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