Marshall has secured backing from independent investors to bring his concepts to market. The patented 3D moulder technology has already attracted a Technology Strategy Board grant to prove its feasibility and has demonstrated its capability to make complex 3D shapes across a wide range of foodstuffs. These include ice cream, chocolate, bakery products, pasta and gums.
Crafty Machines is currently talking to a number of global brands about scale up and licensing opportunities, as well as exploring alternative exploitation strategies across non-food products, including plastics and composites.
Live demonstrations of the technology will be held at the Innovate show in London from March 1113 and the Total Food show, which takes place at Birmingham's NEC from June 46.