May 20, 2020

Maker Faire: Exhibit Cocoa Press Chocolate 3D Printer

Cocoa Press is a 3D printer that prints in chocolate. It features a pneumatic syringe, milled aluminum extruder and a solid state chocolate cooling system. To print, insert a chocolate bar and Cocoa Press will take care of the rest!

What are the problems you aim to help solve with this project?:
In 11th grade I joined my school's FIRST robotics program. I had heard of 3D printers, but I had never seen one. By the end of the semester, I had become "the 3D printer guy" at my school, helping to maintain the various printers in our lab. I slowly realized the potential of these machines and decided that I wanted to dig deeper into the mechanisms behind the magic. At the start of my senior year of high school, I had the opportunity to complete any engineering project I could come up with. I truly believed that I could build anything. I wanted to create something unique in the field of 3D printing that did not already exist as a consumer product. I came up with the idea for a chocolate 3D printer and the Cocoa Press was born.

What are some of the major challenges you have encountered and how did you address them?:
I have been told by various makers who have presented at Maker Faires in the past how much fun it was and how much they gained from the experience, however none of them specifically referred me to fill out this application.