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Stunning Cocktail Ice Sculptures Made With a 3D Printer

Japanese beverage conglomerate Suntory has commissioned a series of unique ice cube sculptures using 3D printing. According to Wired, each of the subjects of the stunning sculptures were suggested by fans of "who sent the company descriptions of pivotal moments in their lives where liquor played a prominent role." The intricate figures include everything from space shuttles to Michelangelo's David.

Wired notes the "one-of-a-kind" creations took between one to six hours to create. Each sculpture started as a six inch wide block of ice that was carved using a computer controlled cutting machine in a very cold studio to form highly detailed renderings of shapes like mermaids, astronauts, and even Abraham Lincoln.

3D printing is gaining traction in the food world over the years. They have been used to print everything from chocolate onto a pastry, a masa square, cookies, and NASA is even researching how to print pizza. See some of the sculptures:

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· What Would Don Draper Make With a 3-D Printer? [Wired]
· 3D Rocks [Official Site]
· All Technology Coverage on Eater [-E-]

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