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3D Food Printing Roadtrip: Inside 3DS Culinary Lab

A true 3D food printing roadtrip through California would NOT be complete without going to the3D Systems Culinary Lab in LA.; it was really something months in the making and a dream come true!

We took a TON of pics and that is mainly what I’d like to share so you can get feel for just how awesome the space that Kyle and the team have there.  So in preperation, go get a rag to clean up the drool your about to spill on your keyboard and enjoy all the sweet 3D food printing goodness!

If you’re not familiar with the 3DSystems Culinary Lab, go ahead and check out their spring 2015 vid I’ve embeded below before proceeding so you can get a feel of what your getting into…



Entrance and Entry to the Culinary Lab

Firstly the building has an auora about it even when you see it that something special is going on inside.  Once you decide to go from creeping through the huge open windows and step inside the 3D food printing 3D Systems Culinary Lab in the world you realize that you really underestimated just how special this place was going to be.

When you walk in you blasted by some more glass a few meters in front of you, this time walls that encase the ChefJet(s), a staircase that looks like it belongs in the Lourve to your left and to the right is a beautiful display area and fully furnished kitchen. There are mind-blowing 3D printed pieces all evolved from ideas around food, the eating/dining experience and just beauty well.  Of course every piece was exciting to see and feel and if I could recommend something that I was drawn to were the knife and the platter.

You will recognize some of the prints from the collaboration with Modernist Cuisine for the event with Ferran Adrià (I’ve included the vid so you can see those if you haven’t already)

Upstairs Office & ChefJet Area

The upstairs of the Culinary Lab is where you might say the real magic happens… by some real wizards and a secret weapon!  Some of the stuff they are working on is really forward thinking, but what is really cool is that they are really working with top chefs and exploring the techology with others, which is why we are so fond of them.. we want to help people explore it and learn more and come up with their own ideas of what 3D food printing can become.  Once upstairs you can dig into the staircase and you notice that the railing is also a seating area and is made up of multiple materials with a very modern architecture touch.

You can go right up to the glass housing of the area where the ChefJets are and monitor evertything, or just stare at them for a while as you day dream. Everything in this whole place is meticulously thought out.. every detail.  Also upstairs are early sketches of some of the display prints as well.

Once you get your chance to go near the ChefJets, hold back the urge to pull up the truck and load one up as I did.. You aren’t going to get your hands on one any time soon…   They are also super detailed just like everything else, down to the way the binder is displayed on the machines (the differnet colored liquid you see sticking up out the back of the ChefJets.  There was some of the Wasabi Eggs from the opening event of the Culinary Lab and also some of the famous Raspberry geometry treats that Luis and I were able to taste on our 2nd 3D Printed Food tasting vid (you can watch it at the end of the post).

The 3D Systems Culinary Lab X Hershey’s CocoJetCollab also makes a cameo appearance as well inside the glass house.  The feeling in this place isn’t like just hammering out your next 3DFP ideas in your sketchbook (more about sketchbooks later) while on the train or in your workspace in your basement.. It is a total inviting area that inspires you to do something.. do it well.. and do it like it hasn’t been done before.   Because chances are it hasn’t! 

Thank you to Kyle and the Culinary Lab!

This really wouldn’t have happened if Kyle and Liz wouldn’t have been so cool from the beginning.  We’d been anticipating the opening of the Culinary Lab for months and it was a very special couple hours for us to spend with him; just being in the building that will have a big impact on the future of what we do at 3DIGITALCOOKS would’ve been enough but talking with Kyle and the “secret weapon” was so inspiring and helpful for us that it was a really memorable moment for us.  If you get a chance to get a viewing, or can attend on of the Culinary Lab events, do it!

Hope you enjoyed this e-tour of the Culinary Lab; heres the 3D Printed Food tasting #2 from inside I mentioned earlier in the post.



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3D Printed Food Tasting #2 – Culinary Lab

If a tree falls in the woods and nobody is there to hear it.. does it make a sound?

When a Raspberry…

is in the form of a hollow dodecahedron with an unrecognizable different texture… is it still a raspberry?

Ok, times up.. enough thinking.. whatever answer you gave… umm.. then you still need to experience it! The 12 sided raspberry I mean, you can come back in a few years after some heavy meditation and give us your answer to the first question.  For the second question you’ll never know what to respond until you’ve taken the trek down to Melrose Ave. in LA and experienced it for yourself.

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You could be lucky enough to catch Kyle and his team (including the Secret Weapon!) at one of the events they travel around to as well but if you have the opportunity to goto one of the upcoming events at the Culinary Lab you should do everything in your power to make it there to see the craftsmanship and thoughtfulness that went into it.  For us the visit was like a dream come true.  First we finally got to shake hands and sit down with one of the pioneers in 3D food printing and meet the “Secret Weapon” (NOTE: when we refer to “Secret Weapon” you should visualize him as a superhero).


Here’s the video of Luis in our3D Printed Food Tasting Session #2 with the Kyle von Hasseln from the Culinary Lab, enjoy!

3DS Culinary Lab opening

above image credit: @3DSCulinary

Finally the day is approaching where we will have the chance at getting up close and personal with the work of Liz and Kyle von Hasseln of the Culinary Lab (formerly Sugar Lab) from 3D Systems!

For years 3DIGITALCOOKS have been following them closely and honestly we are prob their biggest fans.  Extremely excited was the feeling we got when we saw the latest tweet yesterday:

Culinary Lab Workshops

Not only did they announce the opening of the Culinary Lab but they also posted the dates of their upcoming workshops. Click on one of the event titles below for a description and dates of the event:

3D Printed Food Fundamentals – Sweet

3D Printed Food Fundamentals – Savory

Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: The Culinary Lab — 6624 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

This session will walk people through the creation process of a savory dish with 3D printed elements.
The event will also feature:

  • Discussion about the design and collaboration process
  • Tour of the Culinary Lab commercial kitchen
  • Demo of the ChefJet Pro
  • 3DFP Post Production Techniques

Chef Night (Quarterly Event)

Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2016
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: The Culinary Lab — 6624 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Chef Night will be an informal quarterly event where “culinarians” will get the opportunity to be exposed to 3D food printing and help them realize the potential it could have on their own culinary disciplines.

Drinks with 3D printed elements will be involved!

Design Studio

Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: The Culinary Lab — 6624 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Culinary Lab’s Design Studio event will have in-depth discussions of what’s possible in 3D food printing as well as printing in other materials. The hope of this event is to help culinarians review the technology and what the future may bring in 3DFP and other materials towards the culinary arts.

The event will also feature:

  • Tour of the Culinary Lab commercial kitchen
  • Demo of the ChefJet Pro
  • 3DFP Post Production Techniques



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If you’re not familiar with the work of the Culinary Lab, check out the video below to be blown away at what their doing and who they’ve been collab-ing with lately.

3DCxCulinaryLab Collab???

Not yet.. BUT….. we can’t wait till we get our chance to walk through those doors and finally shake hands with Liz and Kyle while checking out their work and finding out what they’ve got in store for the #3DFP scene and industry. We know they never disappoint.

Big Congrats to Liz and Kyle and the whole Culinary Lab staff on the opening!

CocoJet first look by Hersheys and 3d Systems

CocoJet first look. Great surprise for the day. Thanks to a tip, we got to know that Hersheys was showing their CocoJet printer at Remake San Francisco.Without hesitating we head there and meet the great people from Hersheys and the CocoJet.

Here a video of the printer in action.

Special thanks to Jeff and Robert for answering patiantly our crazy questions. We were super excited!






ChefJet™ 3D Printer Series

Well, here it is! The day that digital cooks were waiting for (sort of)! During CES 2014 3D systems has unveiled their new food printer series. But better than me, lets listen to Kyle, Liz and Avi explain about it HERE.

Also If you want to see a short preview of how it works inside HERE.

And a cool post about it with some history tips about The Sugar Lab HERE.

And… If you leave any near to LA and want to buy some The Sugar Lab candies HERE.

Extract form the press release:

  • 3D printing gets sweeter with kitchen-ready printers, NSF and UL certified
  • Monochrome, countertop ChefJet and full-color ChefJet Pro
  • Pastry Chef’s must have companion in bakery shops, restaurants and events
  • Equipped with intuitive, easy to use, chef-friendly Digital Cookbook software

My personal opinion in 3lines:

Great to see the first printer, known, getting certificates as a kitchen ready “device”. I would love to had more information about the Digital Cookbook since I do believe is the key part bridging cooking and 3d printing. And happy to see such an amazing devices with awesome results!

The price mainly bothers me because is out of my league!

Avi if you read this send me one 😉

All pictures belongs to 3D systems and I friendly took them from Cubify.com 🙂

The question is, who will be next?