Jan 6, 2015

3D Systems unveils the CocoJet, a chocolate 3D printer at 2015 CES in Las Vegas today. Developed in collaboration with The Hershey Company, the CocoJet 3D printer prints custom designs in dark, milk or white chocolate, making it an ideal tool for bakers and chocolatiers craft confections.

Much like traditional 3D printers produce plastic objects, CocoJet heats and squeezes chocolates instead of plastic filaments. As chocolate is temperature dependent, it is very important to control the heating and cooling cycles accurately.

CocoJet debuted at the 3D Chocolate Candy printing exhibit at Hershey's Chocolate World on December 19, 2014. Visitors to Hershey's Chocolate World Attraction can witness live 3D printing, see examples of finished 3D printed chocolate, interact with a library of 3D graphics pre-loaded on iPads and be scanned to see what they would look like as a piece of 3D chocolate.

"Our partnership with Hershey, the largest producer of quality chocolate in North America and a global leader in chocolate and confections, allows us to create unique, exciting and personalized edible experiences," said Chuck Hull, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder, 3DS. "Our preview of CocoJet at CES showcases the power and possibilities of 3D printing, and extends our experience and innovation in culinary 3D printing."

The collabration with Hershey was meant to incorporate 3D chocolate printing into Hershey's Chocolate World live experience, and 3D Systems says it provides valuable market research on the consumer applications for chocolate 3D printing.

"We are now using 3D technology to bring Hershey goodness to consumers in unanticipated and exciting ways," said Will Papa, Chief Research and Development Officer, The Hershey Company. "3D printing gives consumers nearly endless possibilities for personalizing their chocolate, and we look forward to continued development of this amazing technology."

3D Systems is also showcasing its ChefJet series, the first professional-grade food 3D printers, in its CES 2015 booth. The full-color ChefJet Pro will be food certified and produce edible 3D printed candies and decor, says the company. Built from 3DS' ColorJet Printing (CJP) technology, the ChefJet Pro features intuitive, chef-friendly Digital Cookbook software and creates intricate candies and sweets with a variety of flavor options. The ChefJet Pro is expected to be commercially available in the second half of 2015.

3D Systems says they intends to share its commercial plans for this class of chocolate 3D printers at a later date. Watch a video of this technology below.

Posted in 3D Printers


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Jay wrote at 1/12/2015 1:15:00 AM:

"...and each pre-filled 8 ounce cartridge is only $16.95..." XD

MN wrote at 1/8/2015 8:57:46 PM:

How much does it cost?

Axlotl wrote at 1/6/2015 4:52:52 PM:

at least print failures will be yummy

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