Coming Soon - A 3D Chocolate Printer

By Vanessa Felice on July 11, 2011

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Thanks to some budding scientists from the UK, chocoholics all over the world, will soon have something to cheer about - Personalized 3-Dimensional Chocolate! What's even cooler is that this custom chocolate is not hand-crafted, but printed, using their special chocolate printer.

Developed by a team of students led by Dr. Liang Hao at UK-based University of Exeter, the machine uses liquid chocolate in lieu of ink and prints out multiple layers of the brown gooey stuff to make it into a 3-Dimensional design. The custom design can be something as simple as a heart, or as complex as a person's face.

Creating a printer like this was not an easy task - The biggest challenge they faced was to ensure that the chocolate stayed in liquid form during the creation process and then solidified when the design was done. In order to surmount this, the students developed specialized heating and cooling systems that kicked in at the appropriate times to create a smooth and delicious piece of candy.

But before you frantically start designing your cocoa masterpiece, be warned that the machine, innovatively named ChocALM  (Chocolate Additive Layer Manufacturing) is still just a prototype and not available commercially. The team is still working on developing a software program that customers can use to create designs and a website where these creations can be uploaded and shared.

Dr. Hao believes that the machine, which is both low cost to run and non-hazardous, will be very popular with candy manufacturers and retailers - I for one, cannot wait! How cool would it be to receive a box of 3D chocolates that looked exactly like one wanted it to?

Resources: huffingtonpost.com, pcworld.com

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  • rhiannonhayesmcqueen
    rhiannonhayesmcqueenSaturday, January 31, 2015 at 10:02 am
    wow, but we are running low on chocolate in the world:(
    • JulianaFriday, January 30, 2015 at 7:53 am
      I want one so much
      • cassidyhayesmcqueen
        cassidyhayesmcqueenWednesday, January 28, 2015 at 4:54 pm
        I REALLY want some!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<3 :)
        • sylviegliko
          sylvieglikoWednesday, January 28, 2015 at 2:26 pm
          that looks REALLY good
          • karimaserrhini
            karimaserrhiniWednesday, January 28, 2015 at 2:25 pm
            i want that so bad!!!!!!!!!!!
            • remivincentini
              remivincentiniWednesday, January 28, 2015 at 2:25 pm
              that is so cool! i really want that for my birthday :)
              • mianelson
                mianelsonWednesday, January 28, 2015 at 2:23 pm
                That is so amazing!!!
                • 090509
                  090509Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 9:34 am
                  that is so cool
                  • isakimball
                    isakimballTuesday, January 27, 2015 at 8:38 pm
                    That is an awesome idea.
                    • karimaserrhini
                      karimaserrhiniWednesday, January 28, 2015 at 2:28 pm
                      yah it is!!
                    • nataliatabile
                      nataliatabileTuesday, January 27, 2015 at 6:07 pm
                      Man, now I want this
                      • isakimball
                        isakimballTuesday, January 27, 2015 at 8:38 pm
                        Me too!

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