We’re pretty excited about our new-to-the market technique for using 3D printing solutions to add an artist’s touch to assembly line chocolate candy. This new design technique allows large manufacturers and boutique chocolate makers to offer a wider variety of intricate, artistic surfaces on chocolate candies in a faster, more cost-effective way.
For over 30 years, we’ve been applying leading technologies to product design, manufacturing and packaging. We were quick to explore new applications for 3D printing, and making chocolate molds from 3D-printed designs was a logical next-step for us. We’ve created our own sampling of chocolate designs for fun, but we’re not chocolate makers. What we do is design 3D-printed positives so chocolate makers can create new designs without having to carve the molds by hand.
3D Printing and Chocolate: How it Works
With this new 3D printing and chocolate design technique, chocolate molds are made from the positives printed on a 3D printer. Molds can easily be made from 3D-printed positives and new designs can be tested with a minimal amount of time and investment. This allows for flexibility in adding new designs to a product line and for creating chocolates for specific events, themes and other types of customized orders.
Additionally, small batches of candy can be made cost-effectively by chocolate manufacturers with smaller production runs.
3D Printing and Chocolate: 3 Steps
Not familiar with 3D printing technology? Most chocolate makers aren’t there yet, either. But you’ve probably heard that 3D printing can help you add blockbuster concepts to your collection. And it’s true!
Here’s how it works:
Step 1. Based on your vision, we will create chocolate candy designs in a 3D file format. Or, you can create your own artwork in whatever medium you use now. We’ll do the conversion to 3D for you.
Step 2. We’ll send you the 3D printed plastic prototype to make sure you’re happy with it.
Step 3. The 3D printed prototype can then be used to make a mold. Many chocolate makers prefer to make their own molds, but we can take care of that if you don’t want to.
If you are currently using traditional methods to design your molds, you will find that 3D printing technology is easier and faster. Contact us if you would like to find out more about 3D-printed chocolate design.