ChefDoodler Reinvents 3Doodler to 3D Print Sugar


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As an evolution of its original 3Doodler 3D printing pen, launched via Kickstarter in 2013, Wobble Works has just launched its latest product, the ChefDoodler, a pen that uses sugar to make all kinds of creations. The ChefDoodler was developed by my 3DPOD co-host, Max Bogue. I’ve already bought two, so I’m more than biased in this case.

With a price tag of $79, the ChefDoodler extrudes sugar to make intricate sugar structures in several different colors. You can use it to write names on muffins, make candy, and decorate all manner of food. The idea for the sugar pen was conceived in 2013 while the first prototype pen was first developed in 2016 and the team have been developing it ever since. At the time of writing, Wobble Works’ Kickstarter is on track to raise €46,693 to launch the project, having racked up €41,500 so far.

The team thinks that people will use it to glue certain baked goods together, as well as decorate atop baked goods and make standalone items that can later be used to decorate something. One could also use it with stencils, using the see-through silicone mat. This makes it possible to copy images below the mat to obtain specific designs. The pen has a fast mode for larger elements and infill geometry, and a slow mode for more detailed drawing in sugar. I really like the idea of using the pen to make composite cookies from different types of cookies connected via 3D printed sugar.

The pen features interchangeable nozzles and a cleaning brush to make washing the tips easy. You can load the pen with up to five different, isomalt sugar capsules in a single pen. These could be different colors for mixing hues in the same creation by switching between cartridges on the pen. Current, naturally-derived colors are carrot, rose, forest, grape and crystal. If you wish to refill your Isomalt capsules, they will cost $14.99 for 200 grammes.

Over three million 3Doodler pens have been sold so far, making the small handheld device a resounding success. Will the ChefDoodler do as well? On the one hand, the application area is much more limited for the sugar pen. While the polymer pen can be used for 3D printing part repair and creations in PLA, PCL, and other materials, the sugar pen is limited to professional and home kitchens.

If you make a lot of cakes in a professional setting, I could really see this getting great use. Chefs can use it to personalize all of their desserts or to creatively vary a dish with particular sugar components. You could have different designs for every day of the week or year. I can’t wait to see what cutting-edge pastry pros do with this pen. I think that there are a lot of possibilities that we can scarcely imagine. Will it have a place in your kitchen? It seems like a lot of fun. If the initial crowd of users share inspiring and fun things to do with the ChefDoodler, then it could snowball into something huge. If you’d wish to support the ChefDoodler, you can do so here.

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