One of the greatest benefits of 3D printing technology is its ability to allow for complete customization. If you want a toy with your name on it, you can design it in such a way. If you want a lamp that is half red and half black, you can 3D print it this way as well. One new startup based in San Francisco, called Stuffhub, has taken this method of mass customization and used it to create lollipops that appear exactly how you want them.
“The idea of customized candy making using a 3DP design germinated during our brainstorming session for the Valentine’s Day promotion,” Charlie Yang of Stuffhub tells 3DPrint.com. “Since we cannot print something sweet for valentine’s, we decided to use the 3d printing of parts to make a customized mold. The beauty of a customized mold is that it not only can make something personal and special for Valentine’s, but it can be used for many other occasions, like company promotion events or baby shower parties.”
To create the molds, Stuffhub uses a Stratasys uPrint SE 3D printer. Via the Stuffhub website, customers can upload their own design or logo, and select a shape, color, flavor, and desired quantity. Then Stuffhub takes this information and 3D prints a customized silicone mold, which they take to a candy store called Papabubble to have them turned into delectable candy. They make lollipops using the molds and then package the candy up and ship it to the customer’s doorstep.
“Food grade silicone is a nontoxic silicone which [is] frequently being used for food mold casting,” explains Yang. “We surveyed several kinds of food grade silicone, factored in the epoxy curing time, finished mold quality, and ease of handling. And the lollipop is made by one of San Francisco’s best hand-made hard candy stores, Papabubble, so there is no doubt the quality and safety of these lollipops are the best.”
On top of this, Stuffhub has also made the 3D printable files available to download for free on Thingiverse.
As for Stuffhub themselves, they have a motto that states, “Everyone can be a designer,” and they have a goal of expanding the access of 3D printing to everyone. Founded by four close friends with a passion for technology, design, and online shopping, they provide a platform for connecting the general consumer market to 3D designers and rapid prototyping technology.
What do you think about these 3D printable customized lollipops? Will you consider purchasing or printing your own in the future? Discuss in the 3D Printed Lollipops forum thread on 3DPB.com. Check out the video below showing how the lollipops are made from these silicone molds.
You May Also Like
3D Printing News Briefs, August 25, 2021: Software Beta, Self-Replicating Printer, & More
We’re starting with materials in today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, as XJet as announced the commercial availability of alumina ceramic. Moving on, Raise3D has announced the ideaMaker 4.2.0 beta, and...
Facility for Mass Roll-to-Roll 3D Printing to Be Opened by MIT Spinout
Massachusetts manufacturing startup OPT Industries uses automation engineering, computational design, and materials science to develop and manufacture customizable functional materials for 3D printing. The MIT spinout company became well-known for its...
3D Printed Sensor Created by Fraunhofer and ARBURG
One of the many Holy Grails of 3D printing is the ability to 3D print fully functional items in a single build process. Companies like Inkbit and Sakuu are after...
Inkbit Raises $30M in Series B Funding, Plans to Expand Production of 3D Printing System
MIT spinout Inkbit has raised $30 million in a Series B funding round led by venture capital firm Phoenix Venture Partners (PVP). The company intends to use the funds to...
View our broad assortment of in house and third party products.