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Student develops a 3D printer that makes traditional chocolates on request

Now everyone can be a chocolatier! Student develops a 3D printer that makes traditional chocolates on request

  • Technical student has developed a 3D printer for making artisan chocolates
  • The machine uses chocolate filled syringes to make the tasty designs
  • The 3D printer can create figurines, designs and even a full-sized chocolate cup

Chocolatiers may have just met their match.

An engineering student has designed a 3D printer with which ‘anyone can make traditional chocolates on request’.

Users upload a file with a design or figure to the printer, load it with chocolate-filled syringes and see how their creation comes to life.

The 3D printer, referred to as Cocoa Press, was developed by Evan Weinstein, a graduate student at the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania.

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An engineering student has designed a 3D printer with which 'anyone can make traditional chocolates on request'

An engineering student has designed a 3D printer with which ‘anyone can make traditional chocolates on request’

“I felt that technology had so much potential and I wanted to challenge myself to do something innovative,” he said.

“I think there is something about food that people really have contact with, and especially chocolate.”

Weinsten also saw a shortage in the chocolate industry because molds are often pricey – the average chocolatiers cost around $ 500 a piece.

He started to develop technology in high school and during his final year at university he had developed a working product.

Weinstein compares his printer with a popcorn machine in cinemas – but produces something completely different.

Users upload a file with a design or figure to the printer, load it with chocolate-filled syringes and see how their creation comes to life

Users upload a file with a design or figure to the printer, load it with chocolate-filled syringes and see how their creation comes to life

The 3D printer, referred to as Cocoa Press, was developed by Evan Weinstein, a graduate student at the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania

The 3D printer, referred to as Cocoa Press, was developed by Evan Weinstein, a graduate student at the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania

Users upload a file with a design or figure to the printer, load it with chocolate-filled syringes and see how their creation comes to life

Users create a file for printing via a scan, just like other 3D printers work. Every Cocoa Press comes with syringes that you fill with the chocolate of your choice

Users create a file for printing via a scan, just like other 3D printers work. Every Cocoa Press comes with syringes that you fill with the chocolate of your choice

Users create a file for printing via a scan, just like other 3D printers work. Every Cocoa Press comes with syringes that you fill with the chocolate of your choice

Users create a file for printing via a scan, just like other 3D printers work.

Every Cocoa Press comes with syringes that you fill with the chocolate of your choice.

The system can be filled with other sweets, such as icing, the temperature and the pressure only need to be adjusted.

“With scanning technology, chocolate designs can have new textures and mouthfeel does not feel normal beams – internal textures, think of air bubbles and twists, such as ruffles and their ridges,” Weinsten explained.

He applied for a patent for non-utility services in the summer and will make a decision in November this year.

The Cocoa Press printer can be sold to food hobbyists and niche markets, but is not certified for food retail.

Food-safe commercial kitchen certification is incredibly expensive,

Weinstein explains, so his plan is to contact local chefs and chocolate suppliers in the future.

The Cocoa Press printer can be sold to food hobbyists and niche markets, but is not certified for food retail

The Cocoa Press printer can be sold to food hobbyists and niche markets, but is not certified for food retail

The Cocoa Press printer can be sold to food hobbyists and niche markets, but is not certified for food retail

In addition to his own business cards (above), some designs Weinstein has made have pets, a cloth-like vase called Julia Vase # 11 and Benchy Boat, the benchmark design for 3D printers

In addition to his own business cards (above), some designs Weinstein has made have pets, a cloth-like vase called Julia Vase # 11 and Benchy Boat, the benchmark design for 3D printers

In addition to his own business cards (above), some designs Weinstein has made have pets, a cloth-like vase called Julia Vase # 11 and Benchy Boat, the benchmark design for 3D printers

For now, he hopes to land 50 pre-orders by the fall of 2020.

In addition to his own business cards, some designs Weinstein has made have pets, a fabric vase called Julia Vase # 11 and Benchy Boat, the benchmark design for 3D printers.

‘Many chocolate companies try to stand out, especially with sourcing and ingredients. But in the end people still form beams the way they have been formed for years, “he said.

“I can scan my head and have a chocolate cup within an hour.”

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