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CES 2014: World’s first ‘kitchen-ready’ 3D printer unveiled

Pioneering US company 3D Systems has created a printer that is able to produce edible items using sugar and liquid chocolate.

The ChefJet series of printers was shown off at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, offering delegates the chance to taste ornate sweets created by the new technology.

"Food is an incredible platform for creativity, experimentation, and celebration and we are thrilled to place these powerful 3D printers in bakers and chefs' kitchens," said Liz von Hasseln, Creative Director Food Products at 3D Systems.

"We invite leading pastry chefs, restaurateurs and event planners to join us in bringing 3D printing into the kitchen."

3D System's offering is one of dozens of 3D printers on show at CES 2014. Among them is the company's CubePro 3D printer, a large capacity device that can print at high resolution in up to three colours.

The company claims its 3D food printers are "kitchen-ready", encouraging people to take up 3D confectionary making from their own home with its Digital Cookbook app.

"We're offering what we call the Digital Cookbook with both of these printers and that's designed for the non-CAD user," Von Hasseln told the Daily Telegraph.

"So you might say, 'I want to work on a cake topper or I want to work on a drink sweetener' and the software will start you out with an object that's kind of the appropriate size and shape and you can add complexity from there.

"So you can generate really complex items that are printable without actually having to model them."

The ChefJet is expected to go on sale later this year, costing around £3,000 for the most basic model and £6,000 for the more advanced ChefJet Pro.