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World’s First 3D Chocolate Printer Presented By EPSRC
crazyengineers.com ^ | 9 July 2011 | Ankita

Posted on 07/09/2011 8:51:54 AM PDT by smokingfrog

3D Chocolate Printer looks as quite an amusing name at the first glance. It makes you want to know what it really does. The 3D Chocolate printer allows you to create your own designs on a computer and reproduce them physically in three dimensional form in to chocolate.

This interesting project is funded as part of the Research Council UK Cross-Research Council Programme – Digital Economy and is managed by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) on behalf of ESRC, AHRC and MRC. It is being led by the University of Exeter in collaboration with the University of Brunel and software developer Delcam.

The technology used behind the production is not new. It has been in the industry for some time now, but all they had produced was 3D plastic and metal products. This is the first time that it has been applied to chocolate, making it the world’s first 3D chocolate printer. The research work has given a glimpse of the sweet opportunities that technologies give rise to.

Among the different challenges faces by the team, one was that the chocolate is not an easy material to work with because it requires accurate heating and cooling cycles. Researchers integrated these variables with the correct flow rates and found solutions with the development of new temperature and heating control systems.

Research leader Dr Liang Hao, at the University of Exeter said, “What makes this technology special is that users will be able to design and make their own products. In the long term it could be developed to help consumers custom – design many products from different materials but we’ve started with chocolate as it is readily available, low cost and non-hazardous. There is also no wastage as any unused or spoiled material can be eaten of course!

(Excerpt) Read more at crazyengineers.com ...


TOPICS: Science
KEYWORDS: 3dprinter; chocolate; exeter
Video at link.
1 posted on 07/09/2011 8:51:56 AM PDT by smokingfrog
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

For some reason, this article made me think of you. :)


2 posted on 07/09/2011 8:56:17 AM PDT by mplsconservative (Impeach Obama Now!)
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To: smokingfrog

Sweeeet!


3 posted on 07/09/2011 8:59:04 AM PDT by NEWwoman (God Bless America)
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To: smokingfrog

Print my own chocolate?! In whatever shape I want?!

I. Want. One.


4 posted on 07/09/2011 9:07:42 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. *4192*)
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To: smokingfrog

Awful waste of time to watch the video
Four minutes of self-congratulatory blather and puffery. Zero seconds of 3D printer in operation.


5 posted on 07/09/2011 9:10:38 AM PDT by Strident (< null >)
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To: Strident

Right-o mate!


6 posted on 07/09/2011 9:16:59 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog

People will use this to make some perverse stuff. Mankind always finds ways to make inventions do something sinful.


7 posted on 07/09/2011 9:26:38 AM PDT by lurk
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To: smokingfrog

I want a picture of a chocolate bar imprinted on my chocolate bar.


8 posted on 07/09/2011 9:27:55 AM PDT by digger48
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To: lurk
People will use this to make some perverse stuff. Mankind always finds ways to make inventions do something sinful.

I was just thinking that maybe former Representative Weiner could use it for a new job. He got in trouble for his tweets, so now he can do something with sweets.

9 posted on 07/09/2011 9:33:00 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! Tea Party extremism is a badge of honor.)
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To: smokingfrog

Check THIS out.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZboxMsSz5Aw&feature=youtube_gdata_player


10 posted on 07/09/2011 9:36:41 AM PDT by RetSignman (It's Summertime...the "Goebbles Warmers" are back from hibernation.)
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To: smokingfrog

Was this stolen from Willy Wonka’s factory?


11 posted on 07/09/2011 9:37:36 AM PDT by Immerito (Reading Through the Bible in 90 Days)
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To: lurk
People will use this to make some perverse stuff. Mankind always finds ways to make inventions do something sinful.


12 posted on 07/09/2011 9:41:04 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: Monkey Face; Harmless Teddy Bear; Darksheare; NicknamedBob

We need one of these!


13 posted on 07/09/2011 10:01:55 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("This is a revolution, damn it! We're going to have to offend somebody!" ~ John Adams)
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To: Tax-chick; Monkey Face; Darksheare; NicknamedBob
Oh heck YEAH!

One for every habitat at least with the goal being one per room, but I am patient. I can wait at least until Tuesday for the one in every room.

14 posted on 07/09/2011 10:48:50 AM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (I have no time to worry about turbot, a parrot is eating my house)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

We can have 3D chocolate-printing contests ... who can make the most realistic aardvark and so on.


15 posted on 07/09/2011 10:51:35 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("This is a revolution, damn it! We're going to have to offend somebody!" ~ John Adams)
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To: RetSignman

I’ve seen that before. That’s a true 3-D printer.
The chocolate “printer” in the video does make 3-D objects, but is extremely crude by comparison. I wouldn’t even call it a printer, really.


16 posted on 07/09/2011 11:26:12 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: RetSignman

Will this put Home Depot out of business in a few years (decade or so)? Assuming everyone has one of these in their house—and you just buy the “program” for a piece of something you need to fix? Like a parts for a toilet? Replacement facet...oil pump for your car?

Where can I buy the stock!


17 posted on 07/09/2011 11:32:13 AM PDT by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: smokingfrog
While 3-D printing in chocolate may sound strange, the project did tackle some problems that have application elsewhere. The type of 3-D printer that squirts out some form of molten material, like an ink-jet printer, has been limited so far to a very small family of plastics. Learning how to solve problems of softening the material, placing it where needed without stringing, and getting it to harden, can widen the range of usable materials.

Other types of 3-D printing, involving ultraviolet hardening of liquid plastic, or binding of powder, have the limitation that they cannot make a hollow object. Any attempt to make a hollow object will result in the void being filled with the liquid or powder. The ink-jet type of 3-D printer can make hollow objects. All three types have their areas of application.

We still haven't reached the ability to make the infamous "hollow seamless steel sphere" that was the epitome of impossible manufacturing problems when I was an undergraduate.

18 posted on 07/09/2011 11:57:04 AM PDT by JoeFromSidney (New book: RESISTANCE TO TYRANNY. A primer on armed revolt. Available form Amazon.)
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To: Tax-chick; Harmless Teddy Bear; Dead Corpse

Ohyah!!!

How cool is that? Let’s just go whomp one up in the Forges!


19 posted on 07/09/2011 12:21:31 PM PDT by Monkey Face (Nothing is so bad that a good skirl on the Pipes can't cure! Long live sionnsar!)
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To: Tax-chick

I like the little Chinese guy: We can use this tek-o-lol-o-gy....

That was cool, too!


20 posted on 07/09/2011 12:27:20 PM PDT by Monkey Face (Nothing is so bad that a good skirl on the Pipes can't cure! Long live sionnsar!)
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To: mplsconservative; smokingfrog

Oh. My. Goodness. I think I’m in LOVE! :)

Finally! Boy-candy as it was truly meant to be, LOL!


21 posted on 07/09/2011 4:30:03 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Boy-candy! LOL!

I’m craving the development of a baking powder biscuit, fresh strawberry and homemade whipped cream printer right now. :)


22 posted on 07/09/2011 5:36:23 PM PDT by mplsconservative (Impeach Obama Now!)
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To: mplsconservative

Mmmmm!

I’m having a piece from a Lindt Bar; Intense Orange Dark.

Hey! It keeps me out of the REAL bars. Carbs ARE carbs, LOL!


23 posted on 07/09/2011 6:48:53 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin; Monkey Face; Tax-chick
"Oh. My. Goodness. I think I’m in LOVE! :) Finally! Boy-candy as it was truly meant to be, LOL!"

Oh, dear. And you haven't even read my books yet.

I shall console myself with the knowledge that you are already deliciously salacious. I could accomplish no more.

The next step in this technology is adding additional ingredients and heating/cooling requirements so that we can "print" Klondike Bars, and Milky Ways.

"Printing" Snickers Bars would require depositing peanuts, but I suppose some hand sprinkling could be done at the appropriate moment.

I had this in mind for my automatic kitchen devices, using flour, sugar, salt, and other dry ingredients, spraying them out to be mixed in situ with water, and even baking them with infrared as they are layered up. But I never considered starting with chocolate.

24 posted on 07/11/2011 8:32:40 AM PDT by NicknamedBob (I get my exercise. I take my vitamins. I tell pain it can come along, but it'll have to ride in back)
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To: NicknamedBob; Diana in Wisconsin; Monkey Face
I never considered starting with chocolate.

I'm surprised and slightly disillusioned by that confession, Bob.

25 posted on 07/11/2011 8:59:13 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("This is a revolution, damn it! We're going to have to offend somebody!" ~ John Adams)
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To: Tax-chick
"I'm surprised and slightly disillusioned by that confession, Bob."

Candy is dandy, ...

26 posted on 07/11/2011 9:08:27 AM PDT by NicknamedBob (I get my exercise. I take my vitamins. I tell pain it can come along, but it'll have to ride in back)
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To: Tax-chick

Also, it’s surprising what can be accomplished when you don’t care who gets the credit.

I’m willing to augment the future by adopting any good ideas. They don’t have to be mine.

Come to think of it, they don’t necessarily have to be good, either.


27 posted on 07/11/2011 9:11:48 AM PDT by NicknamedBob (I get my exercise. I take my vitamins. I tell pain it can come along, but it'll have to ride in back)
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To: NicknamedBob

Oh, that’s true.


28 posted on 07/11/2011 9:29:28 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("This is a revolution, damn it! We're going to have to offend somebody!" ~ John Adams)
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29 posted on 07/11/2011 9:47:47 AM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
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To: NicknamedBob; Tax-chick; Harmless Teddy Bear; fanfan
"Candy is dandy, ..".
liquor is quicker
but sex won't rot your teeth.

There. I said it and I'm GLAD!

30 posted on 07/11/2011 10:17:39 AM PDT by Monkey Face (Nothing is so bad that a good skirl on the Pipes can't cure! Long live sionnsar!)
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To: NicknamedBob

“But I never considered starting with chocolate.”

That was your FIRST mistake, LOL!


31 posted on 07/11/2011 7:53:29 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
"That was your FIRST mistake, LOL!"

No, actually my first mistake was a physics experiment when I was six years old.

It turned out badly, and I still bear the scars, although no one can see them but me.

Wisdom is not his who has never erred; but in the man who learns from his mistakes, and who has learned from the errors of others. For in this we see the reason that caring about others is important.

In watching over them, we learn painful truths. But these truths are only painful if we care.

32 posted on 07/11/2011 9:26:19 PM PDT by NicknamedBob (I get my exercise. I take my vitamins. I tell pain it can come along, but it'll have to ride in back)
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