Choc Edge is launching the world first commercial 3D chocolate printer, Choc Creator, so you can now make your very own personalised choc...
Choc Edge is launching the world first commercial 3D chocolate printer, Choc Creator, so you can now make your very own personalised chocolate.
Manufacturing and retail could get a much- needed boost from a newly- developed 3D chocolate printer. In the long term the technology could be used by customers to design many different products themselves -- tailor-made to their needs and preferences.
The research and development began as a Masters student project at the University of Exeter, led by Dr Liang Hao in 2007.
Dr Hao told the BBC that chocolate printing, just like any other 3D printing technique, starts with a flat cross-section image – similar to that produced by ordinary printers turning out images, and then prints out chocolate layer by layer to create a 3D shape, without any moulding tools.
“In 3D chocolate printing, chocolate is melted, tempered and deposited into 2D cross-sections on a substrate like a printer printing a 2D image onto paper. The substrate is then lowered by a layer thickness and the deposition process repeats layer-by-layer to form a solid 3D chocolate product that is defined by a 3D computer design.”
The printer in action: