3D Chocolate printer, Choc Creator from Choc Edge Ltd.

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3D Chocolate printer, Choc Creator from Choc Edge Ltd.


Choc Edge is a  UK based company founded by Dr. Liang Hao and Christina Zheng.  According to the Choc Edge,” they launched the world’s first  3D chocolate printer called Choc Creator V1. They launched Choc Creator V2 in September 2014.  They recommend the use of high-quality Belgian chocolate for 3D printing chocolate arts but other kinds of chocolate such as white chocolate and milk chocolate can be used as well.  Choc Creator can be used for printing on flat surfaces that are not higher than 3 centimeters.  Examples of chocolate creations available from Choc Edge’s website include face portraits, 2D designs, logos, among others.  The sophistication of the chocolate art creations printed using their 3D Chocolate Printer can be seen in the following example”.:)

chocedge face





Multi-material 3D Printing using OpenFab from MIT

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Multi-material 3D Printing using OpenFab from MIT


Current 3D printers typically use a single material at a time.  Multi-material 3D printers combine different materials in one object and can create complex objects with different properties in different parts of the object. According to the MIT,” They have designed an OpenFab programmable pipeline for 3D printing multi-material objects.  The pipeline uses programs called fablets that define the material content of an object to be 3D printed.

The input to the pipeline is a description of the objects being 3D printed.  Different stages of the pipeline perform different processing of the objects.  The objects are represented as several small micro-polygons.  A surface phase determines the attributes of these micro-polygons, for example, texture.  The objects are divided into small volume elements. A volume phase assigns material mixtures to the volume elements.  Thus, by dividing the surface and volume into a large number of small pieces, different materials can be used and different properties specified for different parts of the objects.

This picture shows three rhino printed using OpenFab. Each rhino has the same geometry but is

made of different materials”.:)




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MIT demos sub-$10k 3D printer that can spew 10 materials at once