In collaboration with Michiel Cornelissen Ontwerp, we designed and built a chocolate 3D printer called Xoco. XOCO is a 3d-printer that can create customised objects in chocolate, aimed at innovative restaurants, serious hobby cooks and their guests. Current 3d-printers are usually technical, business-like objects and with this project we wanted to show that also in this category it is possible to create a product which not only works great, but feels right in the food-centred environments it is intended for.
The XOCO 3d-printer is based on a polar coordinate system with a rotating build plate and a single pillar from which both printhead and glass cover are suspended. Everything in the design contributes to giving the process of printing a visually open impression, adding to the experience of creating your customised sweets. Special attention is given to the interactive aspect of the process with a glanceable multicolour LED ring guiding the user through the printing process.
All elements of the XOCO ecosystem of product, graphics, interaction, app and consumables contribute to a perfect creative experience for cooks and their guests.
“One of the more enticing propositions from the realm of 3D printing comes by way of Dutch design studio Michiel Cornelissen Ontwerp…”
“XOCO is not the first chocolate 3-D printer…But it’s definitely the best-looking one we’ve seen.” – Design Your Own Chocolate With The Willy Wonka Of 3-D Printers
“The XOCO is a perfect example of how app-connected devices and 3D food printers may be introduced to creative at-home chefs and hobbyists who are interested in the future of food creation.”