Anyone who’s ever set up a printer will know the importance of setting the first layer height. When the print bed is a knobbly cake, you’re never going to get an accurate height and, even in the demonstration video, you can clearly see unevenness in the results caused by this. In some cases, it’s the nozzle dragging through the icing, in others, it’s due to the fact that the cake has been too far away and it’s lost definition.
We haven’t been able to test a Cakewalk 3D, but for us, the most impressive thing about it is the ability to manipulate images in ways that would be hard to do by hand. For example, slice up an image into multiple parts and divide it between different items so that they make one image when put together. Or, it would be interesting to see some edible algorithmic art (take a look at the #plottertwitter hashtag on Twitter for some excellent examples of this).
If you’re expecting this to be an easy way to get photorealistic artwork on your baked goods, then you’re going to be in for a disappointment. However, if you’re passionate about tinkering with both technology and food, there’s undoubtedly some fun to be had with this.
Price: from €49
Delivery: December 2020