3D Ventures announces the launch of the crowdfunding campaign for its new three-dimensional food printer, Candy, aiming to re-imagine the way foodies create in the kitchen.
Starting at as low as $499, Candy is an affordable consumer 3D printing device made specifically for food. Now, make cookies, fill cakes, or personalize any confectionary treat with fun, customizable designs and figurines that print right in front of your eyes. Candy is compatible with any semi-solid food substance and comes pre-equipped with already programmed confectionary designs. Whether for birthday parties, dinner groups, book clubs, cook-outs or simple experimental fun with the family, Candy is changing the possibilities of food.
“We’re not the first people to think of making a 3D printer for food, but we are the first to make it truly accessible as a consumer product,” says CEO and Founder Razvan Creanga. “The concept of 3D printing in general is so new, everyone is still experimenting with the technology and what it means for the future. That’s why going with confectionary design seemed like a logical entry point into food, because of how naturally creative it is.”
With a slick, fiberglass and black & color design and coming in at roughly the size of a home espresso maker, Candy fits comfortably onto any countertop, and can be stored with ease in any pantry. Individuals can purchase any color he or she wants, with the primary colors being blue, yellowish green, and green. Available for purchase separately from the rest of the Candy, 3D Venture’s innovative plug-and-play extruder is compatible with any semi-solid foodstuff and the secure digital chip comes pre-programmed with confectionary designs. Just fill the dispenser with the filling, topping, or garnish of your choice and instantly create new desert alignments or intricate decorative patterns. Experiment at home with the digital design studio or add speed and consistency to a professional confectionary-focused operation. 3D Ventures can print using any semi-solid food, including chocolate, sugar paste, marzipan, and more.
“Our challenge,” explains Creanga, “was to create a high-end, professional-grade confectionary-focused printer precise enough to feature in a pastry chef’s arsenal and intuitive and affordable enough to become a staple of the family kitchen. There’s already a general consensus that 3D printing is going to take on a central role in our collective culinary future, and we really believe that Candy is the fun and accessible first step the consumer market has been waiting for. Kids are going to love this, parents are going to love this, and chefs are going to be amazed at the possibilities Candy opens up for the dessert menu.”
The novelty of 3D printing in the consumer market was also a key factor in the decision to launch on Kickstarter.
“We knew immediately that was where we’d be turning to for our launch,” says CTO Claudiu Sovaila, a design engineer. “Crowdfunding is all about expanding the possibilities of the traditional marketplace, and when you’re introducing not just a new product but an entirely new method of preparing food into the kitchen, you need a space where people have an open mind for new ideas and share that passion for pushing boundaries.”
Although the 3D market is nascent, many have predicted its rapid growth. By 2017, research firm Wohlers Associates believes that the sale of 3D printing products and services will approach $6 billion worldwide. By 2021, Wohlers Associates forecasts the industry to reach $10.8 billion.
Compatible with any semi-solid foodstuff, and priced at just $499, 3D Ventures is the first three-dimensional consumer printer specifically designed for food and poised to change the way we operate in the kitchen.
3D Ventures is a London-based early stage startup that focuses on building revolutionary 3D printers for home users. Our mission is to make food 3D printing truly accessible to a wide range of consumers, as well as food industry professionals.