Industrial 3D-chocolate printer project

Digi2go is a Finnish National Agency for Education funded project that aims to improve new technologies. The goal of the Digi2Go project in Omnia is to create, develop and build a new industrial 3D-chocolate printer with start-up company Mehta Heino Industries Oy. Our aim was to experiment and develop a 3D chocolate printer using MHI3D printer software. Idea was that we built the printer collaboration with students and working life. And we seem to have succeeded this well.

During the project we have tested different manufacturers to obtain the most general instructions for our new 3D-food printer. For example, the possibilities of 3D modeling/design tool.

The goal of the Digi2Go project in Omnia is to create, develop and build a new industrial 3D-chocolate printer

Using 3D technology in catering services, 20 competence points

Our intention is to create a new pilot try-out of the degree called ”Using 3D technology in catering services” where the aim is to learn three-dimensional modeling. At the same time, create permanent and comprehensive operational structures for how three-dimensional modeling enables the food printing (3D printing).

At the same time idea is to:

  • learn to understand the use of plastic 3D printing technology
  • learn about 3D chocolate and / or sugar printing techniques
  • learn how to use a 3D printer

We also try to develop practices that support sustainable development, e.g. figuring out how materials can be reused in the production process

as a result, we make:

1. Pedagogical manuscript “Utilization of 3D technology in catering services for the degree part”

2. A new 3D chocolate printer for educational use

Introduction of Mehta Heino Industries Oy

Mehta Heino Industries Oy was founded in 2015 at Otaniemi (Espoo, Finland) with the aim to bring to everyone the 3D Printer that is easy to use and works flawlessly. The founders believe that 3D printers can be used everywhere by everyone (no expert needed) and can be as easy as a 2D paper printer.

They have already developed a plastic extrusion (FDM/FFF) 3D Printer that is easy to use and they’re accepting pre-orders at the moment. In a collaborative Digi2Go project they are working with Omnia to develop professional chocolate 3D-printing. Mehta Heino Industries is developing a new chocolate 3D printer and learning all the food industries requirements. Currently they have 3 TOP (Intern) students from Omnia.

Unique MHI3D food printer

Materials and ingredients

At the moment the type of food available to print is limited by the printing technique.

  • Extrusion-based printing ingredients are like puree, jelly, cheese, butter
  • Certain ingredients that are solid can be used by melting and then extruding the ingredient, e.g. chocolate.

The new Industrial 3D-food printer is going to weight approx. 32kg.

Key figures:

  • It has many different nozzle options.
  • Operates up to 50 ° C.
  • Nozzle diameter 0.4mm – 2mm
  • Layer thickness 0.2mm – 1mm
  • Print size 200x100x100mm
  • Works with Simplify3D and Cura software
  • Send files wirelessly (WI-FI)
  • CE marked
  • Has a 2 year warranty

In the picture you can see our project team members from right: Kirsi Kannisto (Omnias TOP-intern), Petri Heino (CTO & Co-Founder,) Manabi Poudel (engineer at Mehta Heino), Jouko Madetoja (Omnia), Kai Martiskainen (Omnia), Santosh Mehta (CTO & Co-Founder,) and Oona Haapakorpi (Omnia) at the meeting in Mehta Heino Ltd. premises.

Are you interested to know what our future activities are? Do you want more info?

Please visit Kokkikilta/Digi2Go web site.

text by Oona Haapakorpi

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