A Westcountry firm specialising in 3D chocolate printing is enjoying sales success all over the world just two years after being established.
Choc Edge’s innovative chocolate printer can produce lines of chocolate as small as half a millimetre wide and can be used to print intricate designs onto various flat surfaces including cakes, biscuits, dishes, and paper.
The company was set up in 2011 by Dr Liang Hao at the Innovation Centre at the University of Exeter but has only been selling its Choc Creator machine since the beginning of the year.
And it has already enjoyed major international success, with sales to companies and individuals in countries including Brazil, Colombia, the USA, China, Singapore, France and Germany.
Choc Edge’s business development director Christina Zheng said: “Our vision is to free people’s imagination by providing them with a new way to design and create unique chocolates.
“We’ve had enquiries from all over the world, and we are really motivated by people’s passion towards innovative chocolate creation.”
The technology was featured on popular TV show The Gadget Man, when host Stephen Fry held a dinner party for friends using high-tech equipment to prepare the feast.
The precision desktop machine plugs in to any computer using a USB port so users can create their own designs or download designs provided by Choc Edge.
The company also provides design solutions with one customer in the Czech Republic now using the machine to produce corporate gifts and marketing materials for events.