3D Systems has been explicit that one of their clearest paths forward in the 3D printing industry is the development of 3D printers that produce edible results — initially with teasers from the company’s CEO who is known to have a sweet tooth and then with the acquisition of the Sugar Lab last year. Just last week the company revealed the first real manifestation of 3D printing platforms for this application with the ChefJet series at CES.
Now 3D Systems has revealed that there is interest in 3D printed edibles from some of the world’s leading confectioners announcing today that it has entered into a multi-year joint development agreement with The Hershey Company, the largest producer of quality chocolate in North America and a global leader in chocolate, sweets and refreshment, to explore and develop innovative opportunities for using 3D printing technology in creating edible foods, including confectionery treats.
The interesting thing here is that the partnership is looking to co-develop a variety of 3D printed chocolate and non-chocolate products. The alliance is all set to combine Hershey’s world-class food science and manufacturing expertise with 3DS’ powerful 3D printing technology and know-how to deliver new consumer experiences.
“We believe that innovation is key to delivering relevant, compelling consumer experiences with our iconic brands,” said William Papa, Vice President and Chief Research and Development Officer, The Hershey Company. “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.”
“Mainstreaming 3D printing is fundamental to our success and we are fortunate to partner with Hershey, the largest producer of quality chocolate in North America and a global leader in chocolate and confection to expand the 3D printing experience into delectable edibles,” said Chuck Hull, Chief Technology Officer, 3DS.