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September 18, 2015

Now THAT’S a 3D printer

I’ve been reluctant to get on the 3D-printing hype train since I have trouble thinking of anything I would actually want to make with one – who needs more cheap plastic crap cluttering up their lives? But this is a 3D printing technology that seems like it might actually be useful – Hershey has announced a chocolate printer:

“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.”


  1. Dongs. This will be used to print chocolate dongs. Nothing else. Mark my words.

    Comment by Adam — September 20, 2015 @ 1:15 pm

  2. There’s a 3D gummi printer, too.

    I’m in the same boat as you. 3D printing seems cool, but the technology still feels a couple generations behind practical/useful. I have better things to waste my time on then figuring out where support struts should go, or working out heating or alignment consistency problems. Although some of the new “metal” and “wood” filaments are somewhat intriguing.

    I’ve been eyeing the X-Carve CNC. Not sure I’ll get a CNC or a 3D printer, though.

    Comment by Micah Cowan — September 21, 2015 @ 11:40 pm

  3. @Adam – clearly the geekologie folks thought of manufactured phalli as soon as they encountered 3D-printed candy, too ;)

    Is it my imagination, or is crafting a resin mold or the like basically still way easier than 3D-printing (regardless of your gift with CAD progs or Blender3D or what have you)? Never tried either…

    Comment by Micah Cowan — September 21, 2015 @ 11:43 pm