Written By Eddie Krassenstein Via 3DPrint.com
By now, the world has come to the realization that 3D printing is here, and it is here to stay. While certainly there are still those people who ask the question, “What can 3D printing be used for?”, a simple Google search will turn up plenty of answers to that once much more popular inquiry. Today’s innovators are no longer tasked with coming up with a method of fabricating 3D objects, but rather expanding the potential that these printers can provide. While some people believe that the fashion industry is the next big market to reap the benefits of this technology, others would probably say the food industry is next in line. Over the past two years or so, we have seen several 3D printers unveiled which have the capabilities of printing in food. There have also been extruder add-ons that can virtually turn any FDM/FFF based 3D printer into a food printer.
One German company, calledKatjes, which has established itself as a very successful candy maker, has now decided to take things up a notch by creating the world’s first 3D printer for “gum” candy. Everyone is familiar with Gummy Bears, Gummy Savers and Gummy Worms, but wouldn’t it be nice if you could create your very own gummy candy in the shape, flavor, and size desired? Bastian Fassin, CEO of Katjes certainly thought so. So much so, that he decided to team with a colleague named Melissa Snover, who is an entrepreneur and the founder of an organic confectionery brand called “Goody Good Stuff”. They teamed to create a 3D printer unlike anything we have seen before, called “The Magic Candy Factory”.