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When it comes to printing food on 3D printers, the 3D printing opportunities become theoretically infinite in what can be done for business and our own stomachs. If some 3D printers are limited right now in what they can print in the way of food, one of the strongest is in creating candy and basic sugary confections. We've recently written about a new 3D printing "oven" that's very affordable and starting to be used in bakeries to help with dessert production. Now Hershey has finally noticed the possibilities, and they're teaming up with a 3D printing company to create new opportunities in printing their candy.
It's being kept secret at the moment on what Hershey might use 3D printers for in their production factory. With 3D printers being able to print complex shapes in edible products, you have to wonder what Hershey candies might look like in another couple of years.
Will Hershey Have a New 3D Design Team?
One of the biggest debates over manufacturing with 3D printers is whether they'll take away jobs. The general consensus seems to say it's only going to add more jobs with perhaps new training to help current manufacturers work with 3D printers. Hershey may be doing the same thing, including eventually hiring 3D designers to help create new shapes to their candies.
Thanks to 3D printers, complex shapes can be made that would be impossible to produce any other way. It's one reason why most chocolates on the market have long been simple shapes to avoid losing production time and money. With Hershey still an American institution, their use of 3D printers is probably going to save them considerable money while also producing chocolates in shapes we haven't seen before.
Yes, this includes chocolate in the shape of familiar objects and even in the shape of people if Hershey decides to go there. It all depends on how much Hershey wants to deviate from tradition. But the creative possibilities are going to be tremendous, including new careers as 3D designers for their chocolate products.
Would you buy a Hershey chocolate product in the shape of something unusual? The time is soon nigh when you'll be buying chocolates and other edible desserts in numerous creative shapes for use as unique gifts, plus giving a novelty feel to candy again. 3D printers will also make some of the great American food institutions like Hershey be able to assure profit in their production costs so you can keep buying the products from the companies you've loved for generations.