When it comes to the 3D printing of food, probably the most popular, easiest, and most delectable food to print with is chocolate. We’ve seen numerous companies, both large and small, experiment with the process, and in fact there are several chocolate printers in production as we speak, which are capable of intricate fabrication of unique chocolate objects.
Out of all the companies out there, one instantly pops into most individual’s heads when they think of creamy, rich chocolate, and that is Hershey. With the history, the market reach, and the drive within the company, it was only a matter of time before the Hershey, Pennsylvania-based chocolate producer would integrate 3D printing into its operations in some way, shape, or form. Today is that day!
Teaming up with 3D Systems, Hershey has announced that on December 19th they will debut the 3D Chocolate Candy Printing Exhibit at the Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction. Here, visitors will have the opportunity to watch and interact with scientists at the company as well as 3D printers spewing out the rich creamy candy.
“We are now using 3-D technology to bring Hershey goodness to consumers in unanticipated and exciting ways,” said Will Papa, Chief Research and Development Officer, The Hershey Company. “3-D printing gives consumers nearly endless possibilities for personalizing their chocolate, and our exhibit will be their first chance to see 3-D chocolate candy printing in action.”
Hershey will use the feedback and insight gathered from visitors at the attraction to gauge their entrance into the space, with ultimate plans to utilize 3D printing to create an experience, and possibly products, like none other. The visitors will actually be the ones who, perhaps unknowingly, shape the future of commercial chocolate 3D printing.
“We are committed to democratizing 3-D printing, making this game-changing technology accessible and engaging for everyone,” said Chuck Hull, Founder and Chief Technology Officer, 3D Systems. “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, and this is a great way to showcase the power and possibilities of 3-D printing.”
The 3D Chocolate Candy Printing Exhibit will allow visitors to get scanned and then be transformed into a chocolate-looking sculpture on screen. They will also have the opportunity to watch live as one of the most advanced chocolate printers in existence works its magic.
If you happen to be in the area and want to stop in, Friday of this week will be the grand opening of the 3D printing exhibit. The address of Hershey’s Chocolate world is 251 Park Boulevard, Hershey, PA. Let us know if you have the opportunity to stop in. Take some pictures and document your experience in the Hershey 3D Printed Chocolate Exhibit forum thread on 3DPB.com. Check out the promo video below: