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May 14, 2014

While the members of the Choc Edge team come from a range of different backgrounds none of us could call ourselves chocolatiers. So it was a real pleasure for us this week to be able to attend an event held by Callebaut for pro-chocolate makers, a chance to show off what we do and gather feedback on the Choc Creator V1.

Callebaut Logos and a new wedding design (courtesy of Anthony) were the order of the day and managed to impress the chocolatiers attending the event. Interestingly many were more impressed with its 2D line drawing potential than it's 3D capabilities, giving us a good idea of the kind of new designs we should be working on.

 

Choc Edge visits Callebaut

 

The Three Digital Chocolatiers in question were myself (Mark), Liang and Andrew, doing printing demonstrations and answering questions about the Choc Creator V1. It was a milestone event for us at it was the first time we'd had chance to talk to some many chocolatiers at the same time with their feedback giving us more direction on what the printer's commercial applications could be.

 

Choc Edge visits Callebaut

 

We even managed to print some things off in strawberry flavoured pink chocolate, provided by Callebaut. It was a delicious new discovery for us and something which we'll be experimenting with more in the future, though its properties are quite different to the dark Belgian chocolate we normally use.

May 14, 2014

It seems 3D printing can take you anywhere, even to a transport and logistics trade show. Recently we were asked to do our chocolate printing thing for the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transportation (CILT) on their stand at Multimodal 2014, at Birmingham's NEC. Although the event was unrelated to what we do people were still fascinated by the machine proving that everybody loves chocolate, no matter what they're line of business.

 

Choc Edge at Multimodal 2014

 

In terms of printing we did a lot of logos but also tried out some more 3D shapes at an event for the first time. These included a plane, a train and a truck and a boat (which didn't work so well and needs some refinement).

 

Choc Edge at Multimodal 2014

 

We even got to present the CILT logo in chocolate to the man who helped designed it (above), allowing him to taste it for the first time.

It seems 3D printing can take you anywhere, even to a transport and logistics trade show. Recently we were asked to do our chocolate printing thing for the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transportation (CILT) on their stand at Multimodal 2014, at Birmingham's NEC. Although the event was unrelated to what we do people were still fascinated by the machine proving that everybody loves chocolate, no matter what they're line of business.

In terms of printing we did a lot of logos but also tried out some more 3D shapes at an event for the first time. These included a plane, a train and a truck and a boat (which didn't work so well and needs some refinement).

We even got to present the CILT logo in chocolate to the man who helped designed it (above), allowing him to taste it for the first time.

 

Apr 22, 2014

It's not everyday you get an email from one of the world's leading phone manufacturers to help them celebrate Easter but that's what happened last week. For a special holiday treat for its social media channels Nokia wanted to produce a video showing off 3D printing, with a chocolatey Nokia twist, and so they turned to Choc Edge for some help.

Because Nokia wanted to mass produce something that also provided a substantial bite of chocolate we decided to print the Nokia logo. Over 30 were printed over the course of the Thursday before Good Friday and distributed to influential bloggers. The process was filmed and Choc Edge designer Mark Jones was interviewed to make the video.

 

 

 

Although one of our most ambitious events yet everything went without a hitch and the video provides a great demonstration of the Choc Creator V1 in action.

Inevitably the hashtag used for the campaign was "#Chokia" and the video seemed to generate a good response from the tech community with coverage on phone blogs and 3D printing sites.

In the future we hope to be able to print a 3D Lumia phone, to show off the printer's full 3D capabilities.

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