Next for 3D Printing Technology: Custom Chocolate

  • UK researchers led by the University of Exeter have created a prototype 3D printing technology that creates custom objects in chocolate.
  • Similar to how plastic and metal models are created with 3D printing, the research team hopes that consumers will soon be able to create custom designs on their computers and then “print” the designs in “three dimensional chocolatey form.”
  • The biggest challenge has been finding a way to successfully manage accurate heating and cooling cycles required to work with the delicate substance.
  • “By combining developments in engineering with the commercial potential of the digital economy we can see a glimpse into the future of new markets – creating new jobs and, in this case, sweet business opportunities,” explains ESPRC’s chief exec Professor Dave Delpy (ESPRC is managing the project).