CSM Bakery Solutions has teamed up with 3D Systems Corporation to develop, sell and distribute 3D printers and products for the food industry.

Under the global agreement, CSM will have exclusive rights to use 3D Systems’ ChefJet Pro 3D printer for high-resolution, colourful food products. Among the concepts shown by the businesses are printed sugar cake decorations.

The partnership enables collaborative R&D, engineering, design, and printer development, and the two businesses are beginning the work to bring prototypes to the market.

“Our agreement with 3D Systems has the potential to reshape the food industry,” said CSM president and CEO Marianne Kirkegaard.

“3D printing has helped transform industries and there’s every reason to think the same can be true for the food industry. We are excited to partner and continue to expand capabilities and culinary opportunities with their platform.”

3D Systems provides products and services including 3D printers, print materials, on-demand manufacturing services and digital design tools. Its activity includes healthcare simulation, virtual surgical planning, and printing of medical and dental devices as well as patient-specific surgical instruments.

“Our extensive and versatile portfolio of materials addresses the widest range of applications and performance in 3D printing – from culinary to industrial,” said 3D Systems president and CEO Vyomesh Joshi.

“As we continue to drive innovation and explore strategic partnerships with industry leaders, our partnership with CSM is a perfect fit to leverage our technology and capabilities to expand applications and materials.”