Something Sweet for Easter: 3D Printed Chocolate!
Easter is right around the corner and there’s not better way to celebrate than with chocolate! As you know, we at 3Dnatives love chocolate just as much as we love 3D printing. That’s why today, to help bring you some Easter cheer, we are going to make your chocolate dreams come true; by explaining the different ways you can make your own chocolate using 3D printing!
3D Printed Chocolate
3D printing chocolate may still be a new innovation, but companies are moving fast to help develop and bring more innovations for those chocolatiers out there who want to bring their creations to life!
Some 3D printer options currently available include Hershey’s 3D printer the “Cocojet”, a 3D chocolate printer, which was created thanks to a partnership with 3D systems. This machine can design and create chocolate, such as their famous Hershey’s kiss.
Other 3D Chocolate printers include the ChocEdge, or even the 3Ddrag, which are custom chocolate 3D printers. The 3D chocolate printing process itself is similar to that of FDM printing, with layer upon layer being stacked during the printing process to give you your final product.
However, it is important to note that 3D chocolate printers are expensive, and the process is still relatively complex (due to the fact that you need the chocolate to be at the right temperature); and even after many tests, you will still achieve a chocolate object with low complexity in comparison to other 3D printing technologies.
Check out the video below to see the Hershey’s Cocojet printer in action:
Creating Your Own 3D printed Chocolate Designs
For those of you who don’t have a chocolate 3D printer, but have an FDM 3D printer, you’re in luck! Using your printer, you can create your own Easter themed molds in just a few short steps! Here are some mold examples that we found on Thingiverse:
Once you’ve chosen the object that you want to create a mold for, your next step is to print it. Once you’ve finished printing, you can follow these simple steps:
- Stick your 3D printed model into a cup and fill with it silicon. It’s important to use a food safe silicone. With a quick search, we found this one on Amazon
- Let the silicon set until dry. This usually takes about 75 minutes
- Once dry, release the mold using a razor blade or an xacto knife. If the knife has edges it’s better because the liquid chocolate will be less likely to ooze out
- Lastly, wash your mold and then you’re ready to start making your sweet treats!
To be a little more practical, you can print multiple molds at once using the same process as above. This will save you time and will let you feed that sweet tooth quicker!
Now to let the fun begin! Once you’ve got your silicon shape washed and ready to go, your final steps are as follows:
- Buy the chocolate you want to use to make your treats
- Heat chocolate until melted
- Pour the liquid chocolate into the molds, fastening it together with a rubber band.
- Cool in refrigerator or freezer until hard (at least a couple hours).
To learn more about making molds, check out the MakerBot website here for in depth tutorials with pictures and instructions!
Ordering custom chocolates from a 3D printing startup
If you want to include 3D printing into your homemade chocolate this Easter, but don’t have a 3D printer, that’s okay! Today you can find many startups that can help by 3D printing special chocolates just for you!
While the designs might not be 100% Easter related, those at Candy Mechanics are bringing your creations to life. From 3D printed chocolate cards to your own face 3D printed into a chocolate lollypop, their creative designs and innovation are sure to keep your guests entertained this Easter weekend! For other sweet 3D printed treats, be sure to check out MELT, where you can make customized 3D printed popsicle molds and if you happen to be in Paris, you should definitely check out Babines! At Babines, you can have custom chocolate, lollipops, and cookie molds 3D printed for you or your business!
With all these chocolatey ideas, we are sure that your Easter weekend will definitely be brighter! Let us know if you are planning on making your own 3D printed chocolate molds or if you already have! Don’t forget to share your pictures with us in a comment below or on our Facebook and Twitter pages!