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Daniel Wilkens has a message in a cake

During our awesome time at Messe Erfurt, we got the chance to meet (again for Jason) (first time for Luis) with Daniel Wilkens. Daniel is the mastermind behind message in a cake. A one of of a kind creator that put together a printer to print not just cakes. But cakes that has hidden messages!! Please watch the whole video, and specially last part when Jason cuts the cake and you get to “experience” the surprise from what stays secretly in the cake.

Make sure to visit Daniel’s personal website, and of course the one for the project to.

We wish him the best of the best lucks.

Hope to meet you soon again buddy!

Tips to start printing with chocolate

Intro

 

Hi everyone this is Luis Rodriguez from 3DigitalCooks and in this weeks video I will be answering some questions from two awesome 3d food printing entrepenaurs. Cristina and Barbara. The wanted to have more information on how to start printing with chocolate.

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Chocolate

 

Disclaimer!

Printing chocolate is hard, Jason pointed that is the Drama Queen of foods, because it caughts everyones attention but at the same time is not the easiest material out there.

 

Basic things you need to know.

 

Before even looking at what machine to buy or build. You need to answer two questions.

 

What chocolate do you want to print?

There is tons of different types of chocolate, knowing what you want willl help you to choose a better fit technology. Different melting temperatures, viscosities, set times,… all those are good reason to choose different technologies.

A great important distinction is if you want to use a compound chocolate or chocolate with cocoa butter. The second one, more delicate, will require tempering and precaution to avoid blooming.

 

With this i am not saying that you can not use the same technology for both, but knowing better what you want to print will help you to choose wisely, and ask the right question when buying.

 

Is also important what do you want the printed chocolate for. Is completely different if you just want to print chocolate for yourself, or if you want to add customized items to your bakery. Parameters like, repeatability, speed and robustness can have a major impact in the technology and the cost of it!!!

Equipment

Once you know what you want to print. is time to look for your printer.

  • Budget

There are existing technologies out there that might work for you. From custom build machines to already in the market. I will suggest to whatever technology you choose make sure that you will have a decent customer support. Especially if you are not much interested in playing with the technology. Sometimes is worthy to pay extra but to know that someone has your back.

 

If budget is an issue make, surely you can build your own, but be aware that depending on your expertise this might be a longer journey.

So what is out there?

ChoCreator, Bocusini, 3d drag, Rokit, …Out the shelf solutions, that range from 3500 dollars to 600. More or less

 

Links at the of the description.

Learning more

There is tons and tons, of people who has tried this before, in different shapes forms and levels of success. Make sure to surf the web learning from their designs and mistakes! I would not say there is a clear place to learn everything you need about printing chocolate but if you put the pieces together I sure you can make it!

 

Make sure to check Mark Jones’s interview from ChocEdge, the work form Smart Gastronomy Lab, Fans Hauche, hersheys, … for all that check the links at the end of the post.

I hope this information is helpful write a comment below if you have more doubts about printing chocolate and now now I am just going to enjoy some chocolate.

Links

ChocEdge, Mark Jones interview, Smart Gastronomy Lab they have a cool set of pictures on their facebook page , Hans Fauche, Rokit Chocolate printer or 3D Drag.

 

And many more chocolatier in our Digital Cooks map.

 

3Divoprint, printing chocolate in Ukraine

As Jason named chocolate as the Drama Queen of 3d food printing, we are always happy to meet new people working on it. Our new digital cook friends from Ukraine just send us some cool videos printing chocolate!! If you want to learn more about them make sure to check their website.

Their printer, in my opinion, looks like a sturdy custom frame with a nice color interface, and tweaked 3dDrag extruder perhaps.

You can watch more video on their youtube channel here.

Printing your face on a coffee, (experience)

Another weekly 3d food printing adventure. This time we get to visit the Caface. Coffee spot in Seoul where you can get your picture printed on top of your coffee. I have been following for a while this printers, that rarely hit Europe. So when I found this spot it was a must during my last visit to South Korea.

The coffee was not good, we had to wait a lot too and I personally think it was too expensive. But just the little bit of amusement of experiencing something new and cool make it totally worthy.

Also if you watch this video make sure to share it because if it hits 10 thousand views, I am buying one of this printers to show you how it works!!

Shout out to my awesome wife for starring this video!!!

Subscribe to our youtube channel for more weekly 3d food printing adventures.

Chocosketch, 3d chocolate printer by Rokit

Last month we got the chance to visit the headquarters of Rokit in Seoul South Korea. Thanks to Shane we got to know more about the and their 3d chocolate printer, Chocosketch.

During our visit we got the chance to see the printer in action, taste its prints and get an overview of the features.

Printing Chocolate

Taste

Overview

Intro

The Chocosketch is the chocolate Desktop 3d printer from Rokit. Rokit is a South Korean 3d printing company with printers that range from desktop to professional.

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Overview

The build up volume for the printer is 210 x 120 x 70 mm, and the overall dimensions are 454 x 300 x 500 mm. It has a clear door locked with magnets for easy access to the interior.

 

Materials

The printer works with syringes filled with Chocolate. Rokit provides 3 types of chocolate that has been tested. Those are white, milk and dark. You can use your own material although you would need to tweak the configuration parameters to make sure it works properly.

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Preheat

The printer has a preheat station in the inner left side of the printer, where cartridges can be preheated while printing.

This is especially good if you plan to print multiple or big items that might require more than one syringe of chocolate.

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Printing plate

The build plate is made out of stainless steel, what makes it pretty easy to wipe out. Although It is fixed, so don’t expect to pop it into the dishwasher. Pro tip: for that use some cooking or wax paper, pro tip use some oil to stick it to the plate.

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Cooling

3d chocolate prints are possible by controlling the temperature. For that the the Chocosketch has a fan that forces air circulation. There is no active cooling system . Proper air circulation makes sure the chocolate sets and the nozzle does not get clogged.

Extruder

The printer has a removable top for easy access to the extruder, to load and unload the syringes.

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The extruder itself works similarly to the RichRap syringe extruder, where a belt pushes down the plunger. Obviously it includes a heating system that keeps all the syringe warm including the nozzle.

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Printing

There is 3d different ways to send files to the printer. Using WIFI, USB or SD-Card.

Price and contact

The printer retails for about 2100$(depending on the country) and each preloaded syringe for about 5$.

For more information make sure to contact with Rokit.

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Thanks Rokit and specially Shane for letting us visit and get a closer view of the printer.

5 reasons why I love 3d food printing

New media format coming to 3DIGITALCOOKS. Let us know your opinion. In this video I explained you the 5 reasons why I love 3d food printing.

1. Bond between food and people
I won’t lie I started in the magic world of 3d food printing because was curious about what the whole reprap thing was. Soon enough when I started fooling around with food I realized that when I was showing to people my food prints they were extremely curious. And for the first time in my life I felt I was connecting with them to explain my work. That feeling was amazing. The reason was not because my work was great, it was due to the strong bond that connects people with food. And that’s what truly makes 3dfp special.

2. 3d food printing is the wild wild west
3d food printing is a house yet needs to be build. There is no paths to follow. Nobody has come with a solution that sets the standard. That gives total freedom to explore and feel like your work and ideas can have a bigger meaning. That also means that failing is a must, what can be disappointing. But how cool is to have the feeling that you are part of something new that has not yet even started.

3. Everything play into 3d food printing
Its multidisciplinar. meaning that will need many many different jacket to come up with a simple digital recipe or even better make a lot of friends!!!!
Cooking, food science, design, user experience, design, if you are going down the customization road, learn how to use available tools, and if you can’t find it build your own, software, hardware, … although it might seem overwhelming and challenging that will depend completely on you. This wide range of discipline will pay of allowing you to have a wider view of the world.

4. Its fun!
Failing is sweet, eat ur failed prints! Surprisingly is quite social kids love to play and hang around it. Does not really matter how well you do because probably you will end up eating. Something that can not be said about 3d printing.

5. It has changed my life
I can not guarantee it will happen to you too. But 3DFP has completely changed my life. Period.
It has allowed me to travel way more than i ever did, learn plenty of new things and even find amazing jobs. And the best part is the incredible people I have meet during my 3d food printing journey.
To be honest the best part is that I feel it I am at the very very very beginning.

Unitl the next week!

Walkthrough Pinya3, 3d food printing platform

In this video we go through some of the reasons why we build Pinya3 a 3d food printing platform.

Pinya3 is the open source 3d food platform that we use to create our digital recipes.

This video was made during our time in Seoul. Thank you to the Art center Nabi for allowing us using their kitchen, where we did this walk though pinya3.

Pinya 3 was design to fit in the kitchen. The most important feature one was the dimensions. Fits perfectly under the cabinets of the Pier9 kitchen. Also the distant between towers was designed to easily slide in and out dishes. Also having a usb connector and a power plug, was an improvement from previous printers to be able to survive in the kitchen and to be easier to move around.

All the electronics are located in the upper side of the frame to avoid the electronics getting damaged by spills or food explosions that may happen during the kitchen wars.

The printer uses magnetic ball joints to remove and clean easily its parts. Also it makes easier to change the tool used.

Pinya3 is a 3d food printing platform because it can use many different tools, not just one.

The base is made out of stainless steel 304, with a thickness of 3mm. The rest of the frontal plates are to hold connectors, the LCD screen and to hide cables. This helps to give a more friendly appearance to the printer for when it needs to relate to people.

On the upper part we have the electronics. Pinya3 uses an Smoothieboard. It has a basic setup with the board with 5 stepper drivers plus 2 external ones. Also we decided to add the LCD screen to test how the interface will play in the kitchen and the interaction with people.

Also since it is Pinya3 it has 3 pineapples etched in the plywood parts.

We hope you enjoy this short explanation. If you have more doubts do not hesitate to contact with us!

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