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Belgian company takes 3D printing to chocolate

  • Published at 04:40 PM April 13, 2017
Belgian company takes 3D printing to chocolate
Gaetan Richard, founder of the Miam Factory 3D printing chocolate company, displays three-dimensional Easter-themed shapes after being printed at Belgian chocolate company Miam Factory in Gembloux, Belgium, April 10, 2017. Picture taken April 10, 2017 REUTERS

The company produces 3D-printed chocolate objects and also engraves chocolates and macaroons

Layer by layer, 0.2mm at a time, a specialised 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 24.6m 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.

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