Monthly Archives: October 2010

Our Provisional Patent Application Has Been Filed

The first (major) step towards the birth of our new business just happened today. We filed the provisional patent application for my new invention. It is a new way to mold/design chocolate. Since now I have a filing date, I can officially talk about it. The invention is now officially “patent-pending”, which basically means that I have a filing date for my invention, and “pending” review will eventually have the patent. The method in question utilizes 3d print and scan technology to design and fabricate the molds used to add designs to chocolate. Traditional mold fabrication uses one of three different methods: vaccu-forming, metal stamping, or food-grade silicone. Vaccu-forming, and metal stamping require direct contact with the model in question, and the process generates heat and pressure. Neither one of those things ever bode well for the original object to be used for the design. The object must be separately fabricated, and must be made of a material that can withstand those extremes. The resulting lack of detail also leaves a lot to be desired with the final product. The other option is food-grade silicone. The resulting detail is high, but it requires 24 hours to cure, and an additional two hours to bake in an oven. Food-grade silicone is typically a “platinum” cure silicone which can be costly, and again you are required to have direct contact with the original object to be molded.

Our process involves absolutely no contact with the object to be molded. We can design and manipulate the design completely digitally and only the final result is a real world object. This allows us incredible amounts of flexibility, and design freedom virtually unheard of in the chocolate business. Finally, we can also turn any object into a virtual object using 3d scanning, thus we would be able to turn objects into chocolate that could never be done with the more traditional methods.