A common topic of our blog posts is advances in 3D printing technology as we are very excited about being involved with in the future. As such I am very excited to inform you that owning chocolate teapot may soon be a possibility, as technology has been developed that allows 3D objects to be reproduced in chocolate with the first chocolate 3D printer.
The project is being led by the University of Exeter in collaboration with Brunel University and software developer Delcam. The printer applies layers of chocolate instead of plastic and gradually builds it up until the finished product appears.
Researchers are hopeful that online retailers will utilise the technology to let customers upload their 3D models for printing and delivery. This could easily become a major online hit because you don’t have to go to a chocolatier and request a design for a gift. Instead you could simply design it yourself online from the comfort of your home to the specifications you want and get the chocolate delivered wherever you please. The potential applications for budding entrepreneurs are endless really and we are only really limited by our imagination.
Imagine being able to get a custom wedding cake topper that accurately depicts you and your partner or turning up at a house warming with a 3D chocolate version of the house as a present for the new owners. This looks like it could be a very important step for 3D printing as it is the first advance I have seen that could easily be applied to almost every consumer and I am excited to see where it goes from here.
Please let us know your thoughts in the comments below and be sure to check out the University of Exeter’s article here.