Last week I interviewed Umbra designer, Michelle Pietrantonio, about 3D printing technology (aka fabbing) and how it’s changed her life as a designer.
Reader Jermyn pointed out crude rapid prototyping machines that we could buy parts and construct at home. While it won’t come close to the quality you saw in the video interview, it’s a good start. He linked to a nice Youtube video which shows how a Fab@Home personal fabber works.
Doing a bit of search, I found a mailing list about fabbing food that went back all the way to Feb 1999! Interested in designing your own chocolate? Here’s a paper from Cornell University about Printing Food (PDF).