Jacques Torres: Jacques Torres’ Latest Invention Involves 3D Printing And Comes Just In Time For Halloween
Most of us are familiar with the famed New York City based chocolatier and host of Emmy-nominated Netflix series, Nailed It!, Jacques Torres. But what you may not know is that he’s most recently dived in to the innovative world of 3D printing.
3D printing hasn’t been used too extensively in chocolate making, but does currently exist. It’s mostly used for those who need customization or really want to make something out of the ordinary when it comes to chocolate-making. Typically, a chocolate 3D printer works similar to your standard
3D printer—an extruder head is used to lay down layers of molten chocolate in to whatever form, eventually cooling down enough to produce your final, solid shape.
Created just for Halloween, Jacques is using a 3D printer known as the Prusa i3 MK2 to create specially designed chocolates that uphold his standard of high quality and rich taste, but also bring to life exactly what he envisioned with utmost precision.
His new Haunted Pumpkin Chocolate Plaque was designed in Blender, an open-source 3D computer graphics software. From there, the plaque design was printed in plastic, creating the mold from which the chocolate plaque could be made. Every step of the chocolate plaque and 3D printing process was done at Brooklyn Army Terminal in Makerspace’s workshop, which is also where Jacques’ factory is located.
These Halloween chocolate plaques are available in milk and dark chocolate and feature a jack-o-lantern pumpkin, bats and spooky trees in the background.
We chatted with Jacques on his inspiration, why he chose 3D printing and more. Here’s what he had to say.
Why did you choose 3D printing for your chocolates?
We chose to 3D print the mold using software to bring that exact idea and image to life because it’s more efficient and a lot quicker than having to create it by hand. Plus, we can do everything in house.
What was your inspiration for diving into the 3D printing world?
I’m always looking to innovate and to keep up with technology. Today our customers want a fast turnaround and making our molds in house help us with that.
What are a few things that would surprise chocolate lovers about your 3D printed chocolates in particular?
Making our own mold using 3D software and printing allow us to be to create faster, more precision in design and the best part is we pass on the economic savings to our customers.
What do you plan on doing with this technology going forward?
We plan to learn more about pushing our limits in the world of mold making with this new technology.Read more