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May 28, 2014

Last week was a busy week for Choc Edge, attending both a high-profile event for Google and the re-opening of our local library after its multi-million pound redevelopment.

Firstly we travelled up to London on the Monday for an event being held by Google, where we were demonstrating the Choc Creator V1 for attendees. We were set up in the break room, so everyone could have a peek when they came in for a coffee.

 

Choc Edge takes the Choc Creator to a Google event

 

The idea was to produce a personalised chocolate gift for everyone there and we mainly ended up printing people's names, though we did a few logos and face portraits too.

Although Google may have radically changed the way the world accesses information that didn't stop us from attending the re-opening of Exeter Library on the Thursday. Following its multi-million pound redevelopment the doors opened to the public allowing them to see how all that money had been put to good use, and us printing chocolate.

 

Choc Edge at Exeter Library Opening

 

A fantastic job has been done on the redevelopment and in addition to being a great space for book lovers the library also includes a Fab Lab open to anyone with an interest in 3D printing. As well as the plastic printers already set up in there Choc Edge is also going to place one of its Choc Creators in the lab, so people can experience printing in chocolate as well.

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.

 

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