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AZ Tech Beat | December 11, 2019

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3D Systems and Hershey’s partner up to print chocolate

3D Systems and Hershey’s partner up to print chocolate
Ashley Garcia

As if 3D printed candy wasn’t enough to satisfy your sweet tooth, 3D Systems has announced a multi-year joint development agreement with Hershey, the largest producer of chocolate in North America and global leader in chocolate, sweets and refreshments. The dynamic duo will come together to explore and develop innovative opportunities for using 3D printing technology in creating edible delights.

3D Systems is a leading provider of 3D printing centric design-to-manufacturing solutions including 3D printers, print materials and cloud sourced on-demand custom parts for professionals and consumers alike in materials including plastics, metals, ceramics and edibles. Their alliance with Hershey will allow them to brainstorm new ideas for a revolutionary food science experience.

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William Papa, Vice President and Chief Research and Development Officer for Hershey believes that 3D printing is a way to revolutionize treats and sweets. He shares, “We believe that innovation is key to delivering relevant, compelling consumer experiences with our iconic brands. Whether it’s creating a whole new form of candy or developing a new way to produce it, we embrace new technologies such as 3D printing as a way to keep moving our timeless confectionery treats into the future.”

Interested in trying out some 3D printed goodies? Currently there are two printers offered by 3D Systems – the regular ChefJet 3D printer priced in the sub $5,000 range and prints a delicious sugar and water combination of ingredients in black and white. In addition, there is the ChefJet Pro, which is expected to be available in the second half of 2014 and will be priced in the sub $10,000 range. This printer is capable of printing the same shapes as the regular ChefJet, but uses food coloring as the printer ink and can print much more complex and intricate patterns. Read more here.

Photos provided by 3D Systems