Ford has teamed up with 3D System to create tiny, chocolate versions of the new 2015 Mustang. The small, sugar-filled Mustangs are the first 3-D-printed cars that can be eaten, the companies claim.
3D Systems and Ford created the chocolaty confections as part of Valentine's Day-themed marketing for the 2015 Mustang, which was announced in December and will go on sale in late 2014.
Meanwhile, 3D Systems has built a reputation for itself in the 3-D printing world thanks to the ChefJet, a 3-D printer announced in January that can make objects in chocolate, vanilla, mint, sour apple, cherry or watermelon flavor. The ChefJet will go on sale later this year starting for less than $5,000.
Ford, however, noted that 3D Systems did not use the ChefJet to create the chocolate Mustangs. Instead it used early prototypes of the ChefJet.
The 3-D-printed chocolate mini-Mustangs were made at 3D Systems' Los Angeles Sugar Lab. It takes a few hours to make a batch of three chocolate Mustangs. Each one is four inches long by two inches tall.
"Ford Mustang and chocolate is a recipe for success,” Ford product licensing manager Mark Bentley said in a statement. “It is so exciting to see how these technologies enable a new way of telling a brand story.”
Unfortunately for fans of the popular U.S. muscle car, it is not possible to purchase chocolate Mustangs. Ford and 3D Systems said only a limited amount were made, but in the future Ford may license the application so that fans can print chocolate Mustangs on their own, the automaker said.
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