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Cocktail Ice Sculptures Made With 3D Printer Are the Best Ever

In a delightfully aptly titled article called "What Would Don Draper Make With a 3-D Printer?", Wired showed us pretty much our favorite thing to come out of Japan since whisky. Suntory, a purveyor of Japanese whisky brands like Hibiki and beer like Sapporo, recently did a little experiment with a 3D printer and ice that yielded results ranging from adorable to magnificent to kind of frightening. Which were our favorites?

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Suntory, in conjunction with their pretty much genius marketing firm TBWA Hakuhodo, took to a 3D printer to carve away at six-inch blocks of ice until small, intricate sculptures emerged. Fans got to see their ice ideas come to life over the course of between one to six hours per sculpture, although according to Wired, each piece only lasted mere minutes before melting away into its boozey surroundings.

Without waxing too poetic about these tiny ice sculptures disappearing, let's just say the little mermaid, Japanese temple, space shuttle, and Michelangelo's David were astounding feats of 3-D printing for the imbibing world. Heck, we even liked the high heel shoe. However, the obviously most badass ice creation from the experiment was the shark exploding out of whisky. Just too cool.

You can check out all the designs on Suntory's website, but we really just want to know when we can we get one!

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Heather Hoch is a music, food, and arts writer based in Tucson. She enjoys soup, scotch, Electric Light Orchestra, and walking her dog, Frodo.
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