Easter is this week so I decided to make some Easter treats this year. I知 a chocolate lover and this would be a great opportunity to make my own molds and pour some melted chocolate. The concept of this project is to make a cup made out of chocolate. The idea is to make it look like it would be a chocolate bar wrapped around a cup. Maybe you can enjoy eating every square or perhaps you want to experiment and drink some milk. Nevertheless, this was a fun project, which I知 still developing.
Step 1: Design the Chocolate Cup
To design the mold we first need to design the cup. I知 adding some screenshots to show my process on Rhinoceros. I知 sure there are many ways you can make this. I知 attaching also the Rhino files (version 4.0) so you can see the lines/volumes generated.
Cup is ready (you can probably send it out to shapeways for about $60 and have a ceramic version!)
Step 2: Design the mold, 3D print and clean well
This was one of my first molds and it probably has some flaws. Feel free to give some advice in the comments section. The mold is made out of 5 parts. 4 of them are identical and make the outside surface of the cup, we will call this the female mold. The final part is the "plunger": hence male mold.
The 4 female molds snap with each through the side "pins". Since we will be pushing the mold from the top I used an elastic rubber band to hold them tight. You can probably use any kind of rope or string to wrap it tight.
Once your files are ready (or download mine) print the parts. At Pier 9 we have a bunch of Objet Connex 500 which print multiple materials. For the male mold I used Vero White but for the female molds I tried a different mix of Vero Black and Tango. I was hoping to get a little flex on the female parts but that didn稚 happen.
Now that you have your parts, wash them several times. I don稚 know if these materials are food safe when they are in contact with food. I suppose they are since the melted chocolate is not super hot and after this experiment I知 still alive and feel great. If you know of any complications please let me know.female4.stl
Step 3: First failed attempt (save time: do not do this)
On this step I will show what not to do. I first bought Nestle Toll House chocolate chips to melt. I used the microwave to heat it and stir it regularly. I poured it directly to the mold, squeezed the top part and put it on the fridge to cool down. Demolding the chocolate was really painful and I accidentally broke a few chocolate pieces.
My lessons learned:
-spray PAM (cooking oil) on mold for an easy demold
-temper chocolate before pouring into the mold. This will prevent to bloom, characterized by white color on the surface. Also, once it is ready to eat it will prevent from melting on contact with your fingers. I also heard tempered chocolate will shrink slightly when cooled and it will potentially slip out from the mold easily.
Step 4: Temper the chocolate
There is a great instructable on how to temper chocolate that I used as a guideline. I highly recommend it.
Now lets get our hands dirty:
Your chocolate is ready to pour into the mold.
Step 5: Pouring the tempered chocolate
Step 6: Unmolding
After the mold is cooled you are ready to take the mold apart and eat the chocolate. You first need to take the male mold. Carefully use a knife to slide it in the edge of the mold. With the knife inside rotate the mold so you can do a whole turn. My mold got really stuck so after a while I saw that one of the female molds was loosing out and was able to take it easily apart.
Enjoy your chocolate cup!