Don't let anyone tell you otherwise--any time is a good time for chocolate. Despite missing this year's cacao-themed holidays (Valentine's Day and Easter), British-based Choc Edge will forge on in its quest to launch the world's first commercially available (and exclusively) 3d chocolate printer at the end of the month. The release comes one year after the Choc team, headed by University of Exeter scientist Dr. Liang Hao, developed a working prototype to print chocolate into three-dimensional shapes. The positive feedback and corporate interest generated by that first device prompted the development and manufacturing of the Choc Creator--the first step in its makers' path towards becoming the "world leader in cutting edge chocolate priniting solutions."
Similar to Makerbot's "Replicator released last December, the Choc Creator is compact enough to sit on your desktop and is easy to use and customize. And it works just like all other 3d printers, in that it gradually accretes material--in this case, molten chocolate piped through a syringe tip--in successive layers to build up your entirely edible sculptures. At $2772, however, the machine is beyond the price range of the more culinary-inclined architects among us. There's always Christmas!