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January 2, 2014 AT 11:05 am

South Africa’s 3D printed chocolate factory #3DxKitchen #3DThursday #3DPrinting

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South Africa’s 3D printed chocolate factory:

There’s nothing like creating your own chocolate lollipop and candy treats. Creating chocolate molds has traditionally been a complicated process. By using 3D printing technology, chocolate makers can just replicate any 3D objects in chocolate.

Fouche Chocolates, a company in Centurion, South Africa is producing chocolates and cake decorations with 3D printing. Hans Fouche, owner of Fouche Chocolates, has built his own 3D printers to create intricate, three-dimensional chocolates sculptures. With his engineering background, he builds or customises almost every machine in his workshop.

“I could not have done this if I wasn’t an engineer, it would have all been too expensive,” Fouche told htxt.africa. For creating unique chocolate sculptures, Fouche built an eight-extruder RepRap-style 3D chocolate printer to work with chocolate. He was then contacted by Nestle and the Museum of African Design to help produce a series of 3D printed chocolate sculptures for an exhibition in the Maboneng Precinct. The exhibition was intended to celebrate the launch of Google’s latest operating system, Android 4.4, and Fouche’s 3D printed chocolate sculptures received worldwide attention from the media.

“A lot of the designs were very ambitious,” Fouche says, “It was only through our experience with 3D printing chocolate that we were able to help the artists to realise what is actually possible. The best are always simple and not over complicated, because chocolate is difficult to work with, it does not support itself very well….”

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