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Parntership brings 3D printing into the kitchen






Three dimensional printing may provide the key to a whole new world for food preparation and presentation. The combination of traditional baking techniques with this new technology may enable a whole new world of creativity and personalization for chefs.

Getting in early in this exploration, the Culinary Institute of America and 3D Systems announced a partnership to provide faculty and students the opportunity to explore the intersection of 3D printed food and artisan culinary methods. Together, 3DS and the CIA plan to develop a series of educational collaborations and commence a beta program for the ChefJet Pro, a culinary 3D printer.

This joint collaboration includes the development of a series of conferences and seminars for the CIA community supported by new state-of-the-art food 3D printing technologies located at CIA campuses. Additionally, 3DS plans to provide CIA students with fellowship and internship programs at The Sugar Lab, its Los Angeles-based 3D printing culinary innovation center.

“Through our partnership with 3D Systems, The Culinary Institute of America will elevate 3D printing technology by integrating it into our curriculum so that current CIA students, alumni and culinary professionals can have access to this new platform in the future,” explained Dr. Tim Ryan, president of the CIA. “I am excited to see how this technology will open opportunities to chefs as they explore its creative, design and functional capabilities using new techniques that will integrate 3D printing into the professional kitchen.”

The CIA plans to commence an intensive beta testing program with 3DS’ ChefJet Pro, the world’s first professional-grade food 3D printer, which is designed to improve the design and printing experience for professional kitchens. The full-color ChefJet Pro will be food certified and produce edible 3D printed confections—from custom candies to ornate cake toppers. Built from 3DS’ ColorJet Printing (CJP) technology, the ChefJet Pro is equipped with intuitive, chef-friendly digital cookbook software and creates intricate candies and sweets with a variety of flavor options. The ChefJet Pro is expected to be available in the second half of 2015.

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