Pixsweet was founded by Finnish 3D printing expert Janne Kyttanen, whose 3D printing resume covers everything from fashion to design. His company, Freedom of Creation, produces all kinds of exclusive 3D printed items, from jewelry to footwear to furniture.
The platform is straightforward to use, making use of 3D design software and 3D printing technology without demanding any level of expertise from users. All they have to do is upload a photo on the site, and it will be converted into a 3D image, ready to be printed. Any photo will do, and the customer will get their 3D printed popsicle delivered to them in whatever flavour they choose. There is also a huge range of cute stock popsicles available, from unicorns to palm trees to hearts.
Of course, the 3D printers used by Pixsweet don’t actually print ice. Instead, they print an inverted version of the chosen design in plastic, which functions as both a mold and the popsicle’s packaging. Liquid is then squirted into the packaging before being sealed inside. Once customers receive their package, they can freeze their popsicle at home.
The service’s offer to 3D print any image that is uploaded does come with some caveats, however. The direct, user-generated production that it offers is still subject to the same restrictions that a conventional manufacturing process would be. This means that trademarks and copyrights are still protected, as are publicity rights.
A 3D printed ice pop is currently available from Pixsweet for just $5, or you can grab a pack of 8 for $19.99. If the service does expand beyond its Californian origins, it’s not an exaggeration to say that this could change the face of confectionery forever.