2007 - 2017: 10 years of 3D chocolate printing
Our long-time followers will be excited to hear that 2017 marks the 10th anniversary of our pioneering 3D ALM Chocolate Printing process.
From our very first 2D experiments with the Choc ALM prototype back in 2007, to the full 3D library created for the best-selling Choc Creator V2Plus last year, the Choc Edge team has continually pushed the limits of 3D chocolate printing to ensure that the process will one day become a staple of every chocolatier's repertoire alongside hand-piping, sculpting and moulding.
The last 10 years have seen many landmarks reached by Choc Edge, all of which we're immensely proud of, including:
- World's first working prototype of a 2D/3D Chocolate Printer (Choc ALM prototype aka V0)
- World's first registered limited company specializing in the design and manufacturing of 3D chocolate printers
- World's first commercially available 2D/3D Chocolate Printer (Choc Creator V1)
- World's first large-scale production run of 3D printed chocolate items (Commissioned for a gala event in the USA)
- World's first dedicated apps for chocolate printing (ChocText, Mix&Match, ChocDraw)
- World's first 2D/3D library of STL and G-codes specifically designed for chocolate printing
- World's first education programmes focused on 3D food printing (Implemented in schools in China as Choc STEAM)
- It is, however, the release of the Choc Creator V2Plus that we're most proud of, and there's an interesting story behind its development.
After the Choc Creator V1 made headlines and started a 'space race' to see who could release a more advanced chocolate printer by the end of the following year, we set out to release a 2nd generation printer to meet the challenged deadline. During the design process, we made the difficult decision to withdraw some of the advanced features originally planned for the Choc Creator V2, including the LCD touchscreen.
On the release date of the Choc Creator V2, our 'space race' competitors hadn't met the challenge, and the Choc Creator V2 proved again to be the pinnacle of 3D food printing technology at that time. Despite this, there was always a feeling that we hadn't yet reached the point of perfection, and that we could've gone a few steps further.
Finally, we decided to develop our 3rd generation printer as the Choc Creator V2Plus, which would be the ultimate upgraded version featuring everything and more that we had on our wish list of functions and capabilities for the previous models. The Choc Creator V2Plus finally enabled true/direct 3D printing of miniature items, and is without a doubt our most popular product to date.
Of course, it hasn't all been plain sailing. After becoming a limited company in 2012, we moved out of our university laboratory and into the 'school of hard knocks' where we had to work harder than ever before to market ourselves effectively, internationally disseminate our concepts, build our credibility, and earn a reputation for quality products accompanied by a trustworthy and efficient sales service.
Five years later, we're proud to say that 3D chocolate printing has reached all four corners of the globe, with companies and individuals from all types of backgrounds using our printers not only to produce unique bites of chocolate but also to entertain and educate.
Our founder, Liang, is now recognized as a leading authority on 3D ALM foodstuff printing, and our CEO, Christina, is in constant demand for the facilitation of education programmes related to 3D printing. In 2017, we're now in a position where we've been graciously accepted as peers to many of the world's finest chocolatiers, and we're lucky enough to be working directly with premium chocolate producers in Belgium, Switzerland and many other parts of Europe.
Our team of Liang, Christina, Neo, Frank, Yukai, Sunliang, Stone, Cathy, Jane and Mark, and all our other members of the past and present would like to say just how much we appreciate all the support and encouragement you have given us over the years.
Having now amassed a wealth of specific knowledge related to engineering, coding, designing and chocolate-making, Choc Edge is recognized as a truly one-of-a-kind team of innovators with a relentless passion for the work we do. We certainly don't take this recognition lightly, and we will continue to work hard to stay at the cutting edge for the next 10 years, ensuring that the very latest 3D chocolate printing solutions are available to people who love chocolate just as much as we do.
What will the world of 3D chocolate printing be like in another 10 years? You'll just have to wait until 2027. What we do know at the moment is that the future's looking very tasty!