By Rachel Park | 3D Printing Industry
From my own experience talking to non-3D printing people about 3D printing, the one thing that gets the most animated response is the potential of printing food. Home in on chocolate and their eyes pop even wider. So I am not overly surprised to hear that when Choc Edge unveiled the latest version of its Choc Creator 3D printer — at the World 3D Printing Technology Industry Conference and Exhibition in China — it got a very positive response.
With this new version, the company reveals that the Choc Creator II builds on the first version of the platform but uses a bigger, heated syringe to make 3D printing chocolate even more practical. This, by virtue of the fact that the larger syringe, with a heating element built in, keeps the tempered chocolate at the right temperature, so that it can print for longer without stopping. Apart from the upgraded syringe, V2 also boasts a sleek new housing.
After being put through its paces for more than 12 months with extensive development and testing, Choc Creator II was unveiled by Choc Edge’s Business Development Director, Christina Zheng, at the recent 3D printing conference in Qingdao, China. Choc Edge has sold the Choc Creator (original version) to customers across the globe, in countries as far apart as Brazil, the USA, China and France, since it first went on sale in 2012. Purchasers include chocolatiers, marketing companies cake-makers and fans of 3D printing technology (and chocolate).
Dr Liang Hao, who founded the company, said: “Since we launched the original Choc Creator two years ago we’ve been constantly striving to develop the technology to make it even easier to use, so it can create ever-more stunning 3D and 2D designs in chocolate. We were thrilled that we gained a worldwide following for the Choc Creator, and believe we helped to bring the fantastic technology behind 3D printing to a wider audience.”
The Choc Creator II is available to pre-order now for European, American, Australasian and African markets at a cost of £3,888.
Not a price that will make it a widely accessible dinner table accessory, unfortunately, but it should be a consideration for a range of food outlets and marketing ops! And it will certainly fulfil the intent of bringing 3D printing to a wider audience in this regard.
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