3D Chocolate printer for making your own chocolates at home

Andrea Divirgilio / April 9, 2012

3D printing using plastic, metal and wood has already been used widely by the industry to create objects ranging from jewelry, footwear, 3D portraits, and spider 3D guitars. Now, chocolate lovers can print their own custom-made 3D chocolates, with the help of a recently launched 3D chocolate printer, developed by UK scientists. Inspired to revolutionize chocolate making for pleasurable, creative and healthy consumption experience, 3D chocolate printer enables everyone to design and make their own giant chocolate shapes of your choice.

Chok Edge 3D chocolate printer

An innovative chocolate additive layer manufacturing system, Chok Edge 3D chocolate printers builds up chocolate shapes through layer-based deposition system. Just like standard 3D printing, chocolate printing process starts with a cross-section 2D image, which is very much similar to what produced by standard printers available. Then, to create a 3D shape defined by a 3D computer design, this 3D chocolate printer prints out melted, tempered chocolate layer by layer, without using any molding tools. It uses molten chocolate and squeezes it out of a special syringe, delivering truly edible results that are safer and more enjoyable to be consumed.

While 3D chocolate printer was still a prototype, several retailers expressed their keen interest, which led Dr Liang Hao, lead scientist from the University of Exeter, to found the Chock Edge Limited Company, to commercialize the device. As said by Dr Hao, “We’ve improved and simplified the machine, so now it is really easy to use.” “You just need to melt some chocolate, fill a syringe that is stored in the printer, and get creative printing your chocolate.”

Sadly, chocoholic people won’t be able to get this 3D printer to operate until near the end of this month, meaning, just missing the Easter egg rush. However, Chock Edge is also accepting pre-orders for its Choc Creator 3D chocolate printers, with an aim to become the world’s leading organization in creative 3D chocolate printing.

Via: Gizmodo / ChocEdge / Dvice

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