The Wiiboox LuckyBot is rated to convert a number of popular 3D printers into food extruders
Wiiboox is an example of an OEM that believes in food art as the next big 3D-printing thing. However, given how obvious it is that a conventional printer can't be turned to these uses, it has made the LuckyBot ONE, a device with a conventional fused-deposition modelling (FDM) form-factor with a business end specially designed to be food-safe, food-grade and temperature-controlled in the ranges necessary to work with materials such as chocolate.
However, for those who already have FDM printers, there is also the new LuckyBot, a 'replacement' hot-end or print-head rated for the same functions. Wiiboox asserts that a user needs to do no more than hook it up in this way to their existing machine to get going with their edible extrusion dreams.
The company claims it is compatlble with well-known models such as the Voxelab Aquila 3D series; the Creality Ender 3/3 Pro/3 V2/3 Max/5/6/7 CR-10 machines, or Anycubic's Mega-series printers. It is made of ABS that is food-grade, as are its PP tubes, although its nozzle is stainless steel.
The LuckyBot is rated to print within 0 to 40 degrees Celsius (°C), in increments of as little as 0.5°C "using advanced temperature control algorithms". Wiiboox also claims that its motor is precise enough for filament-like accuracy.
On that note, the OEM estimates that the LuckyBot can lay material down in layers as thin as 0.5mm using chocolate, although it can also apparently use a variety of other things, including salad dressing, mashed potatoes, peanut butter and jam.
Accordingly, the user might be capable of making things such as fine patterns to full cake-toppers or figurines using the Wiiboox LuckyBot. It is currently offered at a normal price of US$199 on its dedicated sales site, or as part of the ONE 3D printer for $449.