The notice arrived from piq Chocolates yesterday that these 3D chocolate thank you notes have shipped to a client. I wish I could be there to see the reception.

3d printed milk and dark chocolate

The design for this was relatively straightforward. I’d known for some time I wanted to try a thank you gift, so ideas had been whirring in the back of my mind. sketching design for 3d printed chocolateAt some point, the desire to do this coincided both with an idea I felt good about as well as the time to sketch it out. I was away from the studio, so I used my “café scanner” (a.k.a. my smartphone) to digitize it and began refining the artwork the same day.

We did do a test order first, as you can see in the photos, and were once again thrilled with the results. However, while the guys at piq say there’s no difference in the behaviors and limitations of the different chocolate types, I disagree. With a background in print, I’m aware that even the long history of ink hasn’t eliminated all inconsistencies. It looks like the same is true for chocolate. I noticed that the thin bottom bar was definitely more of a problem on the white chocolate version. white-chocolate-problems2Maybe it’s because there are more oils in white chocolate, or there is enough difference between the two materials that fiddly details (especially at the edge) will have trouble “sticking”.

In the future, I’ll stay away from demanding effects on the edges of the bar. That said, the milk chocolate on dark chocolate base turned out beautifully, and that’s what we had shipped to our client.

Since the last time we ordered, piq has been updating their site, and are also continuing to experiment with sustainable price points. For this reason, if you want to create your own, I recommend contacting them directly with any questions about sizes, prices, etc.

Yes, we can create a custom design and manage the order for you, as well.
Contact us for info and pricing.

3d printed chocolate giftsBy the way, if you’d like to see the story about our first experiment with 3D chocolate printing and piq Chocolates, you can find it by clicking here.

That first piece, the “Taliesin” design shown at right, is now featured in piq’s marketing materials, as well.

6 Responses to Another 3D chocolate printing project

  1. Penina says:

    My understanding is that there is a die or mold. If so, that could keep things from getting too messy. One day I hope to visit them.

  2. Dave Z says:

    Thanks I saw it.
    But in my mind, 3d printing chocolate is usually a mess. Why is this chocolate so neat?

  3. Penina says:

    Hi Dave,
    Glad you like these! To get an idea of how they’re formed, visit the piq Chocolates website and watch their video.

  4. Dave Z says:

    Is this amazing chocolate 3d printed or molded? The details are so fine that i can’t imagine a 3d printed could achieve..

  5. Penina says:

    Thanks, Julie!
    I prefer the dark chocolate, too. But it was worth a try to see both. The size of the bar is 2.5″ x 2.5″. If you want to try designing one, let me know!

  6. Julie Finger says:

    I like the design Penina. I still think I need to see the process before it really sinks in 🙂
    What was the overall size of this piece? And I prefer the dark chocolate – design wise.

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