Friday, 27 June 2014 | MYT 11:20 AM

Spread the word – 3D printing in Nutella is now a thing

Discov3ry is a cake decorator that will produce uniform frosted designs on all your cupcakes.

If you love 3D printing but you’re tired of making plastic fridge magnets, then a new accessory which shakes up the process could be for you.

"Discov3ry" is a universal extruder which attaches to desktop 3D printers and can be used to create objects with materials such as wood, silicone and even Nutella. Clay, ceramics, conductive paint and icing sugar are also on the list.

The extruder is compatible with all stepper motor-based, fused deposition modelling (FDM) desktop 3D printer systems.

It works by forcing material out of reusable syringes, feeding it through a tube, and then through an extruder tip.

Think of it as a cake decorator with a piping bag – but with robotic deftness and an extremely steady hand.

Sweet: A Star Wars design on cupcakes with the Discov3ry Paste Extruder.

The device was created by Charles Mire, John Mardlin, and Andrew Finkle of Waterloo, Ontario. as “a reaction to the dearth of usable paste extruders”.

“Paste printing is a difficult problem. Many attempts at an affordable paste extruder have been made previously,” they write on their Kickstarter page.

"There have been 3D printers specifically designed to print different types of food or silicone. Our product is different, because we're allowing you to make use of the printer you already have at home. One of our major innovations is in separating the 'pastruder' from the print head carriage."

Both stiff and flexible materials can be combined to create more sophisticated designs.

The project has smashed its target on crowdfunding website Kickstarter and initial batches are expected to start shipping this September. – AFP Relaxnews (with additional reporting by JANE F. RAGAVAN/The Star)

Tags / Keywords: Lifestyle , Discov3ry , Nutella


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