Don’t call them cubes; The Sugar Lab’s 3-D printed sugar sculptures are actually up to 10 inches high — way more than you want in your coffee — and they exemplify some of the challenges and opportunities designers will face as 3-D printed food becomes more prevalent.
Liz and Kyle von Hasslen started Sugar Lab last fall to build these confectionery creations, modeled in 3-D and printed via an extruder. Both architecture students, the von Hasslens printed their first sugar for a friend’s birthday last fall.
“We really wanted to make her a cake, and we realized at the last minute we didn’t have an oven in our apartment,” says Liz (though they did have a 3-D printer). “We were able to print her a tiny little cupcake topper … and she was so excited about it that we started thinking maybe other people would be really excited about the concept.”