Sweet! 3D-printed figures made from sugar (pictures)
Julian Sing combines his passions for 3D printing and baking to create intricate works of art from sugar and water.
Julian Sing, a Netherlands-based model maker who worked on two "Matrix" films, has combined his talents for modeling and baking to create artwork from sugar and water. He uses a modified ZPrinter 310 Plus from 3D Systems.
"I had already used 3D
printing in my cakes to make custom cutters and stamps, and when I decided to
give 3D printing in sugar a serious go, I was totally hooked and it just
snowballed from there," he told Crave.
Here, Sing 3D-printed a visual puzzle, as the ball is too big to fit through the openings in the sides of the cube. As he says on his website, "The game is now on."
To showcase his work, Julian Sing launched a
website called 3dchef, which he hopes will lead to more work fusing
baking and 3D printing.
"Apart from cake
toppers, and wedding figures, sugar is naturally strong enough to do far more
than only create decorations," he told Crave.
"What I would also like to do is get involved with chefs and see what they
could come up with not only visually, but as the structure for something
completely different. In essence that is what 3dchef is all about. Playing with
all things 3D, throwing them in a metaphoric bowl and mixing it up."
Sugar and coffee are an iconic pairing, and now they have their own icons. Julian Sing says he was inspired to create these mini espresso machines while sitting in a cafe and wondering how to jazz up boring old sugar cubes.
Not every 3D-printed outing succeeds, as you can see here with this design that was meant to be a cake topper.
doesn't dissuade Julian Sing, however. "I have had some good and bad prints
and I learn from each what works and what does not," he says on his site. "Each time I adjust my settings searching for the optimum setting. Getting closer."