3D printed chocolate and a short Easter break

Written by on April 13, 2017 in News with 0 Comments

A specialized 3D printing machine applies melted chocolate to shape a chocolate beer bottle at Belgian chocolate company Miam Factory in Gembloux, Belgium, April 10, 2017. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

This year so far has seen continued interest in the areas of the IoT, 3D printing, AI, VR and a host of other areas. The hype, though, has now been matched by wake up calls across the board. How advanced is AI? How far away is 5G? What are the real applications for VR?

All of these issues we will continue to discuss for the rest of the year, but we are having a break for the Easter holiday.

We will be back as usual on Tuesday 18 April.

 

GEMBLOUX, Belgium (Reuters) – Layer by layer, 0.2 millimeters at a time, a specialized printing machine at Belgian chocolate shop Miam Factory applies melted chocolate to shape a three-dimensional object.

Miam Factory – French for “Yum” – was spun off three months ago from nearby University of Liege’s Smart Gastronomy Lab, which researches technology in the food and beverages sector, and operates four specialized 3D printers.

The company produces 3D-printed chocolate objects and also engraves chocolates and macaroons with messages or logos for clients, such as nearby brewery Bertinchamps.

The brewery wanted a unique prize for the winners of an Easter egg hunt and ordered chocolate beer bottles.

The chocolate is ready to eat straight after printing, which can take from 10 minutes to three hours. The bottles for the Bertinchamps Brewery took just under three hours and used up 24.6 meters of chocolate.

The company gets orders from hotels, businesses and individual customers. Prices range greatly depending on what kind of size, shape and chocolate is required.

While dark chocolate is most popular, milk and white chocolate are also available.

(By Jack Schofield and Waverly Colville; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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