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Specially-Designed 3D-Printer Creates Edible Dinnerware [Pics]

Home made printer uses sugar to create silicon moulds for these unique pieces of bone china.

Ross Brooks
Ross Brooks on September 19, 2013. @greenidealism

Canadian designer Philippe Malouin has been commissioned for Staffordshire ceramics company 1882 Ltd to create a range of ceramics made entirely out of sugar. The “Dunes” Collection of plates and bowls were crafted using an analogue printer built by the designer himself.

The custom-made printer features a box frame and a wooden turntable that is powered by a small motor and controlled by a computer. Grains of sugar fall through a funnel like an hour glass, piling up on the spinning cylinder below to form structures like cylindrical sand dunes.

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A silicone negative is created from the resulting shape, then cast in plaster and given to 1882 to produce in bone china. The final bone china pieces retain a sandy texture and have been finished with a matte glaze. More interested in the process of creating the crockery, Malouin was able to create shapes using the printer that would not be possible otherwise.

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Ross is a freelance writer who specializes in topics about the environment, architecture, art, design and creative tech. He is passionate about making a difference with his writing, whether that’s to encourage social change, promote a great idea, or just share a little bit of beauty with the world. You can also find his work on Inhabitat and Techly.com.au.

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