Can we please have a 3D chocolate printer now?
Chocolate. What a wonderful, wonderful thing it is. With its propensity for giving you Type 2 Diabetes, you could argue that chocolate is the most noble form of suicide. However, the problem with chocolate is that it is all a bit uniform. It all kinda looks the same. Personalised chocolate has got as far as Thornton's writing stupid messages on it.
But not for long! Retailers will no doubt be thrilled at the development of a new printer which produces 3D chocolate. If it takes off, it'll give us plebs the opportunity to design and create our own products. While there may be thousands of possibilities, we're betting that most people design crude appendages mostly.
Lead researcher on the machine, Dr Liang Hao, says: "What makes this technology special is that users will be able to design and make their own products. 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."
The project is funded as part of the Research Council UK Cross-Research Council Digital Economy Programme and is managed by the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC). We should mention that because they're the bores who will eventually liven up our drab, sorry lives.