3D-scanning a person and turning them into a mold. What else can you wish for?
For Christmas 2015 i wanted to do something extra for my brother and I came up with the idea of using 3D-scanning to create a mold that i could then fill with chocolate or other candy!
I started of with 3D-scanning him when I got the opportunity. In this case we used the Artec EVA 3D-scanner to get good details for printing with a high-res 3D-printer from Formlabs. The file was quickly edited in Artec Studio with it’s great tools.
The model was then exported into Geomagic Design where i could use some extra tools to create a good STL-model. This was then converted into an IGES-file using the exact surfaces converter tool
The file was imported into Autodesk Fusion 360 where I could then easily create the volume i wanted to “hollow out” with the 3D-model of the head. Using Freeform modeling tools i drew a basic shape and then cut that into two parts. To help me align the mold, i created 2 pins that goes from Part A to Part B and keeps it from slipping apart. The two parts where then hollowed out for an inlet of whatever i want to mold (for example chocolate).
Moving on, the two parts were exported as STLs into PreForm, the software where you start Formlabs 3D-prints. In here we just align everything, create some easy supports and make sure we have the flexible material setup.
After that, i’ts print time! Cleaning and curing is easy and took a few minutes to get the part super-smooth.
And last but not least. The part was filled with chocolate that i melted down (regular baking/cooking chocolate). The best part might be to eat all the excessive amount of chocolate… Now, a professional will see that that chocolate isn’t melted… That is true. I more or less baked it too long in the microwave so i had to push it down. But hey, it works!
Do you have suggestions on what to create molds for next? Any questions about the projects? Drop some comments down below and I’ll reply as soon as possible!
Check out the 2-part series on the project here: