The Chocolate Mold project

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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.

Artec Studio Snapshot

Artec Studio Snapshot

 

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

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Geomagic Design STL-to-IGES conversion

 

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).

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Autodesk Fusion 360 hollowing

 

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.

PreForm preparations before 3D-printing

PreForm preparations before 3D-printing

 

After that, i’ts print time! Cleaning and curing is easy and took a few minutes to get the part super-smooth.

Finished Flexible 3D-print

Finished Flexible 3D-print

 

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!

Yummy Chocolate!

Yummy Chocolate!

 

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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:

The Chocolate Mold project

About The Author
- 3D-visionary enthusiast exploring the world of 3D-printing. With 12+ years of 3D experience from visualization, VFX and CAD-design and the industry itself, I tend to find interest and ideas from the world around me.

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