With the growing popularity of food printers, there is no surprise that a market for 3D Chocolate Printers. We review the pros and cons of the different chocolate printers that are currently on the rise using our intimate knowledge of chocolate printing.
Model: Chocabyte 3D printer
Why you should buy it: Great value for price
Who it’s for: Beginners with limited or no 3D printing knowledge
Pitfalls: Limited to only 500 units
Price Point: $99
The Chocabyte 3D printer, which debuted at CES 2014, is a marriage of handiwork between designer Quinn Kataitiana and Solid Idea. Limited to just 500 units, the Chocabyte printer is hand-crafted and priced at an astonishing $99. There are currently no other chocolate printers in the market at this price point. No CAD knowledge is necessary as Solid Idea offers a library of chocolate printing templates. Chocabyte runs on a syringe based system which can be purchased from the website. The chocolate must be warmed up prior to insertion and printing. The biggest limitation is that the print area is limited to 5x5x2.5cm. Print times are expected to run no more than 10 minutes. As of currently, the Chocabyte homepage is under construction, indicating a possible next generation in the near future.
Model: Choc Creator V2.0 Plus
Why you should buy it: Very accurate chocolate printer with all necessary equipment supplied
Who it’s for: Intermediate users and chocolatiers
Pitfalls: Software runs on Windows only
Price Point: $3300
The Choc Creator V2.0 Plus is the brainchild of Dr. Liang Hao, a critical member of Britain’s University of Exeter team that developed the first ever 3D chocolate printer. The V2.0 Plus also runs on a syringe based system and adheres to the principles of additive layer manufacturing. The print bed is 18x18x4cm, allowing for a relatively large print size. The max 2D print size 17x17cm and 3D print size of 2.5cm to 3.75cm and height of 4cm.
The Cho Creator V2.0 Plus Package includes the printer, a resuable stainless steel food-grade syringe, metal nozzles, slicing programs and a library of 2D and 3D designs. It also comes with an LCD touch screen that makes it user-friendly and possible to use without a computer. Given the $3300 price point, the V2.0 Plus may be out of the average household’s budget and is likely much more feasible for an industry use and application.
Model: Mmuse Touchscreen Chocolate 3D Printer
Why you should buy it: Quite possibly the most advanced chocolate printer of 2017
Who it’s for: Industry uses
Pitfalls: High price point; prints slower than advertised
Price Point: $4499
Chinese based company Mmuse has created a line of chocolate printers that range from $3599-4499. Unlike the previous two chocolate printers, the Mmuse Touchscreen Chocolate 3D Printer is unusual in that it can print directly from chocolate beans. The Mmuse printer utilizes temperature control to properly melt chocolate beans. The print bed sits at 16x12x15cm. Like all the other chocolate printers, Mmuse utilizes gcode and STL files. The high price of the MMuse printer makes it more of a luxury item, though scaling for industry use can definitely be possible.
3D Chocolate Printing is still relatively new in the market. However, there are many up and coming chocolate printers that should reach both an industry and household demand in the near future.
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