You don’t need to tell us that additive manufacturing is an incredibly versatile technology. But that doesn’t mean that we don’t enjoy hearing about specific use cases for 3D printing—especially when they appeal to our sweet tooth. Jordi Bordas, a Pastry World Champion, has found a novel use for 3D printing in creating some truly nutty confections.
Bordas is well known in the world of pastry, not only for his delectable creations but also for the B-Concept recipe formulation, a method wherein chefs are given the tools to reformulate recipes from scratch to make them healthier and potentially more delicious. If this wasn’t already an indication of Bordas’ innovative streak, I don’t know what is.
One of the pastry chef’s latest creations was a morsel called “Peanut Gold,” a peanut-flavoured, peanut-shaped product. The edible’s creation, it turns out, relied on 3D printing as the technology was leveraged to produce bespoke peanut molds for the pastry.
Bordas was reportedly inspired by Dinara Kasko, the Ukrainian pastry chef who has become famous for her visually stunning desserts. Kasko has brought many of her creations to life thanks to 3D printing, which has enabled her to create truly original and avant-garde pieces.
Using a 3D printer from Barcelona-based BCN3D Technologies, Bordas and his team were able to create a unique peanut mold for the Golden Peanut. Using 3D printing instead of more traditional methods (like CNC machining) enabled them to create the molds in less time and for lower costs.
The mold-making process itself consisted of first 3D printing the peanut shape using the BCN3D Sigma 3D printer. The peanut was printed out of PLA using a 0.3 mm hotend and Sigma R19 to achieve the highest resolution possible. The peanut itself was designed based on a 3D scan of a real peanut.
With the printed peanut was done, the team proceeded to 3D print an external structure to fit around the model so that liquid silicone could be poured in to form the mold. Once the liquid hardened, the PLA parts were removed, resulting in a food-safe mold that could be filled with delicious pastry ingredients and coated in a caramel peanut glaze.
The only question that remains is: where can I get one?!