There’s been much publicity recently about the rise of 3D printers, with many different types of models featuring on the crowd-funding site Kickstarter. But whereas previous devices feature plastic or ceramic as the medium of choice, a new 3D printer is set to make many chocolate lovers’ hearts a flutter.
Designed by two former MIT graduates Levi Lalla and Donovan Crowley, piq Chocolates allows customers to design and create their very own custom shaped and personalised chocolates. The 3D printer uses exactly the same technology as normal 3D printers, but with chocolate as the working material.
The project, which was launched on Kickstarter on Sept 27th, has so far garnered 55 backers who have pledged $6,716 of the $25,000 goal. There are still 29 days to go however, and potential backers can choose between pledges of $1 to $2,000.
The 3D printer features an online tool, which gives budding chocolate artists the chance to personally design their very own gourmet craft chocolates, which, after production, are then shipped directly to the consumer.
It is thought that the project is targeting companies who want to have a personalised product to give to their customers, and individuals who want a really novel gift to give to their families and friends.
The team behind piq Chocolates have launched their project on the crowd-funding site because at present they are sharing equipment and work spaces, which is limiting any further progress and efficiency.
The pair want to open a combined store-front and production facility and purchase their own commercial kitchen equipment in Austin, and therefore they need the funding to pursue their chocolate dream. And it’s not just about the design, the team behind piq Chocolates also take into consideration the colour and the texture of the chocolate, as both of these factors will have an impact on the final design.
The pair have also realised that by creating custom-made chocolates, you need a way to package and ship them, so that the product is not damaged in transit. As a result, they have come up with two different products, a Personalized Chocolate Bar and the Personalized Chocolate Favor, both of which are available in either dark chocolate, milk chocolate or white chocolate.
At the moment, the team have just about finished refining the online tool but they need the cash to ensure that they can actually make the chocolate bars and favours.
So if you feel that 3D customised chocolate printing is the future and you want to get involved, check out their Kickstarter page, or you can visit the website.