With the growing popularity of baking and confectionary shows (Bake Off is my personal favorite), there is also a growing trend in amateur baking. If you—like me—fall into the category of people who try their hand at making candies and bakes but are lacking in some…well, skill, a new piece of 3D printing hardware on Kickstarter could help you up your plating game.
German startup Print2Taste has launched a low-cost chocolate 3D printer on Kickstarter. Called mycusini, the 3D printer is capable of printing a range of 2D and 3D chocolate structures. The Print2Taste team says it has successfully tested the first prototypes of the 3D printer and is seeking funding through Kickstarter to scale up production. To date, the crowd funding campaign has surpassed its goal of €10,000.
Print2Taste was founded five years ago by a team of “food experts, hardware and software enthusiasts” who set out to produce a food 3D printing system. In 2015, the startup debuted the Procusini system on Kickstarter, which was targeted at the professional hospitality and food industries.
Throughout the startup’s journey, it also had the goal of creating a chocolate 3D printer that would be accessible to consumers. Now, after three years of development, the 3D printer is nearly ready to be used in kitchens all over the world.
“With our many years of experience in the professional field of 3D food printing, we want to make the benefits of this amazing technology available to everybody,” said Eva Schlosser, the “mom” of mycusini. “That’s why we developed mycusini. With mycusini, consumers will get access to the creative world of 3D Choco printing at a very attractive price.”
The 3D printer is designed to be integrated into home kitchens, and has compact dimensions of 190 x 195 x 270 mm. Other features, like accurate positioning, a simple cartridge system and a quick release extruder, facilitate the printing process and make it accessible. The 3D printer also keeps the chocolate material out of direct contact with the device, making it easier to clean and maintain hygiene.
Print2Taste has put together a library of over 100 3D models—including messages and shapes—which the mycusini can produce from chocolate. The resulting chocolates could make for a personalized garnish, or even a tasteful, edible gift.
Though one of the early bird pledge options is no longer available (it was for €198), the mycusini 3D printer is still available at a discounted price through the Kickstarter campaign—starting at €248. After the crowdfunding, the chocolate 3D printer will be retailed for €398.
There is the possibility to receive the chocolate 3D printer in time for Christmas—what a gift!—but standard rewards are expected to ship out in February 2020.