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Here are some examples of using a high powered laser to make some fake-ish 3D printing objects using sugar – Link.

The settings were 60% power and 80% speed (Epilog 35W) – place a 2mm layer of sugar, laser, lower bay one click, repeat. It’s also nice on some fruit.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.



  1. eccramer says:

    You are a madman. This is extremely awesome. I blogged this because it is so excellent.


  2. mikest says:

    neat! i wonder if the resolution couldn’t be improved with powdered sugar…

  3. Fredex says:

    Another business opportunity: Laser cut cake decorations.

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  6. solderer says:

    Did you turn off the exhaust fan? If so, how much smoke was there? Wondering about… mmmm… carmelized bearings. The first layer was on foil… did the sugar jump up and stick to the mirror at all? Did you try slower speeds with lower power? It would be really cool to hear about any other settings you tried and what happened!