The regular ChefJet is only capable of printing in black and white, but can still produce several different flavors. It’s relatively large for a kitchen appliance, but is still small enough to fit on a countertop. 3D Systems expects it to retail in the sub-$5,000 price range. The larger ChefJet Pro is where things get interesting.
It's capable of printing the same shapes as the regular ChefJet, but adds in an inkjet head filled with food coloring instead of printer ink. The inkjet is capable of printing patterns that can get so complex they’re actually reminiscent of china glassware.
That addition bumps up the price: 3D Systems is expecting it to cost closer to $10,000. A 3D Systems representative said the ChefJet Pro is even capable of printing out bride and groom models with detailed faces and clothing, like those you see on the top of a traditional wedding cake, but customizable to a face or outfit of your choice.
Speaking of cake, there were several of them on display — the lattices (printed by both models of the ChefJet) were even sturdy enough to act as a base for one cake was that was several feet tall and had two levels of 3D printed support.
ChefJet Pro can make any shape imaginable utilizing a variety of confectionary recipes including sugar, fondant and sweet and sour candy in a variety of flavors-sculptural, ornate cake toppers, bespoke candies and mints, delicate latticework over which a cocktail is poured, logo sugar cubes, just to name a few.
The possibilities are limited only by one's imagination.
The ChefJet and ChefJet Pro printers will be soon available for purchase in Ireland at wittystore (wittystore.com, wittystore.ie, wittystore.co.uk).