DTM Print has introduced the manual feed option along with custom food trays to make the Eddie Edible Ink Printer very versatile to use. With Eddie, users can print photos, logos, designs and text directly onto the surface of many food items, simple, fast and in full-colour.
If used with the included carousel feeder, Eddie can print on suitable food item such as cookies, candy, white chocolate, biscuits, marshmallows and much more with a maximum diameter of 89mm and 20-25mm height. The manual mode extends these parameters to a maximum of 120 x 120mm and allows thicker items with a maximum height of 27mm. This is especially important for printing on macarons. This very famous French confection consists of a variety of soft fillings sandwiched between two meringue-based cookie halves. All parts put together are too high for a complete macaron to be printed with the automatic feed. By using the manual feed and a ‘macaron tray’, bakers and pastry chefs can now print onto finished macarons, saving them a lot of time.
The ‘macaron tray’ is one of several new food trays designed especially for Eddie, including one for chocolate lentils and one with an engraved grid that makes positioning the food items a lot easier as users can align their products to the grid. Another tray with a generic grid and pins in order to fixate the contour of any desired shape is in development. By using the custom trays, production of multiple items in one run (for example up to five macarons or 64 chocolate lentils) is easy, precise and depending on the item faster, too. DTM Print also offers the service to produce trays according to customer specifications.
Customers who already own an Eddie and now want to use the manual feed option, only need to update the PrintHub. The corresponding adjustments have already been made in the new firmware (v1.25) and PrintHub (v220.127.116.11). For the manual feed, the carousel no longer needs to be connected to the printer.