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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!!!

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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‚Äôt 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!

3DFP experience at Pier9


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On August 1st 2015 I landed on San Francisco. I did not know much about what the next 6 months would mean to me, but there I was ready for a new adventure.

A few weeks before I got accepted to be an Artist in Residence for the 2015 fall cohort. Where? at Pier 9! A dream came true that was about to shake my whole life. In a month I wrapped up a life in Barcelona and I headed to San Francisco to keep pursuing the 3D food printing thug-life.

Little did I know what the Pier 9 is. Yes, a creative workshop with an incredible set of cool and expensive tools. That is probably the reason why I signed in. Sure I was so wrong. Pier 9 is the Willy-Wonka-factory-to-put-your-shit-together as a maker an understand whatever you are doing (for me). With a 3d printing lab, a cnc lab, a wood shop and a metal shop. Although the biggest asset of the place is the top notch community. People always ready to help and give A+ feedback.

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I brought a long list of projects I wanted to make. First thing I did was to ditch it. First two months were an exploration of tools. Getting lost learning a lot without much sense. That probed to be useful at the end. When some of those tools were mandatory for the stuff I made & I am more proud of.

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At Pier 9 I used for the first time a laser cutter, a waterjet, a metal shop, a vacuum former, fancy 3d printers, a reflow oven, a professional kitchen, and for sure stuff that I can not even remember. I got introduced to fusion 360. A tool that has been helping me to discover many new things about how to design better (still learning lots every day, I am an newbie).

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During MY-TIME I build Pinya3, tested different extruding mechanisms, test a few materials, build a few testing nozzles, printed with dots and probably printed too much hummus. I do not consider myself and exigent person. But taking into account the learning backpack that I am taking from my time there I am not very happy with the outcome. Still I know that way more new things will come just from the experience that I am taking with me.

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Beyond all the things I learned or made. What I am more selfishly proud of my time at Pier 9 is how my 3d food printing vision has been formed. The importance of food. How to shape technology to make what we want and not the other way around. The importance to create the right experience to bridge the gap between people and 3DFP.

The POWER of 3DFP relies on the strong bond that connects people and food. Period.

I loved every single second that I spent at the Pier. All the ups and downs. I can not be thankful enough for all the support from every single person I met there and for the chance for share the same space. Thank you to all you. Shout out for the rest of amazing AiRs too.

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Nothing of this could had been even close to possible without the support of my tremendous wife. With out her, nothing that is going on would be even possible!!!!! to her I owe everything! Íįźžā¨Ūē©ŽčąŽč§

3D Food Printing Infographic by Yangseub Lim

The end of 2015 had a lot of impact for us, 3DFP Roadtrip, Pier 9 exhibition and the Tech Forum  presentation in Korea. It was also the end of the school year for many students.

One student project we’d like to highlight is the “Map of 3D Food Printing Development” by Yangseub Lim. On his blog¬†you can see the effort and research he did towards his studies. ¬†It’s a commendable effort and as you know we are ALWAYS happy to welcome more people (especially students) into the 3DFP community!

Map of 3D Food Printing Development


Go check out Yangseub’s really educational 3d food printing educational research blog and maybe it will give you some inspiration on your next 3DFP project.

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