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Finally: The chocolate printer is here

Dreams do come true. A 3D printer has been developed to produce chocolate – in any shape you wish.

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CHOCOLATE LOVERS REJOICE: you may be able to print your own 3D treats very soon.

A 3D printer that produces chocolate shapes has been developed by researchers at the University of Exeter - allowing users to sculpt chocolate into any shape they wish.

The new technology allows users to create a shape on a computer and then feed the information to a printer, which then uses special software to reproduce it perfectly – and deliciously.

Research leader Dr Liang Hao said: “What makes this technology special is that users will be able to design and make their own products. In the long term it could be developed to help consumers custom-design many products from different materials but we’ve started with chocolate as it is readily available, low cost and non-hazardous.

“There is also no wastage as any unused or spoiled material can be eaten, of course! From reproducing the shape of a child’s favourite toy to a friend’s face, the possibilities are endless and only limited by our creativity,” he said.

Researchers say that a consumer-friendly interface to design the chocolate objects is also in development.

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