Written By Clare Scott Via 3DPrint.com
I’ve never taken an official poll of children, but I’d be willing to bet that, if you asked a group of children to list their ten favorite things, Legos and chocolate would be way up there on the list for a majority of kids. I know I was a big fan of both (oh, I still am, who am I kidding), but I never would have thought to combine the two. Other than eating chocolate while playing with Legos, which sounds like a pretty great Saturday afternoon.
But now, thanks to Gosse Adema, an enterprising maker from the Netherlands, you can use Legos to make chocolate. That’s right, Adema, a brilliant designer and clearly a child at heart, has created a 3D chocolate printer made out of Legos.
Adema originally built a standard 3D printer using Legos, basing the design on a Prusa i3 rework printer. The design, which we wrote about in June of this year, was his first submission toInstructables. With that success, he began thinking of ways to improve on the design, mostly focusing on strengthening the Z and X axes and adding a second extruder. Then a friend suggested he enter Instructables’ Remix 2.0 Contest, in which users are challenged to improve on designs created by other users on the site. Adema decided to take the challenge and improve upon a ten-year-old design by a user named Saul. Yes, a design for a 3D chocolate printer built from Legos not only already existed, but had been around for a decade. The design was rough and incomplete, but Saul ended his submission by challenging other users to improve on his work.