Just for fun several years ago, I showed Carma ( The Coordinator for SafeKids in Grand Forks, North Dakota ) how I could use their 2-Dimensional Logo and turn it into a 3D CAD model that could be 3D-Printed.
Today, I am waiting on some parts to be delivered and decided to use the time to work on some 3D-Printed Chocolate Mold shapes for some friends of mine.
Randi and Carma’s wonderful daughter is getting married to about the coolest guy you’ll ever meet, and they asked if I could take some of their wedding designs and make them into 3-Dimensional CAD models that could be 3D-printed into shapes to make flexible food-grade silicon rubber chocolate molds.
The wedding chocolate designs are super secret until the wedding, but I thought this would be a good time to show the Chocolate Designs we made for the SafeKids Grand Forks 25th Anniversary Charity Event.
In a previous post, many years ago, I mentioned using 3D-Printing to make Candy molds: ( Click Link to View Post )
3D-Printing & Plastic Part Molds – July 2013
There is a helpful website if you wish to learn more about making Silicon Molds:
Last year Carma (Mother of the Bride) asked if I would convert a 2-Dimensional SafeKids logo designed by Graphics Designer Correen into a CAD file for making 3D-Printed shapes to use for making chocolate molds for a charity event.
We also made chocolates for some of the event’s sponsors …
I sent several designs to Carma to review and she decided on the final design.
The process of making 3DP shapes for Candy molds is similar to making mold shapes for metal casting because one has to make sure there are draft angles allowing items to be pulled out of the molds after they cool.
For Candy & Chocolate molds non-toxic safe Food-Grade flexible silicon rubber is used ~ For Metal the 3D-Printed Shapes are pressed into Sand to create hollow areas to pour in molten metal.
To see some metal casting molds I made with SuperDave, click on this Link:
I emailed Carma SolidWorks renderings for her to view, and she would suggest design & size changes until we had a final design.
After SolidWorks CAD designs were done, I sent them to the 3D-Printing company Shapeways.com to be 3D-Printed.
I have a 3D-Printer; however, these 3D-printed mold shapes needed to be high-resolution so I sent the .STL 3DP files to Shapeways because they have very expensive 3D-Printers that can print extremely smooth parts.
As usual, Shapeways.com did an outstanding job!!
Once the 3D-Printed shapes were done I tested some Food Grade Silicon and decided that I am not the person to be using sticky items and sent everything to Carma up in North Dakota to make the Silicone Rubber molds.
Carma, and the folks that helped her up in North Dakota, did a much better job than I could have ever done making the Food-Grade Silicon Chocolate molds.
I’m not sure of the whole story, but as the event got closer there was an emergency Carma had to work on and her mother (Judy) stepped in saving the day by making hundreds of Chocolates using the silicon rubber molds.
Thank You Judy!!!
WELL DONE SAFEKIDS Volunteers!! 🙂
It was fun being a small part of the Event to help SafeKids!!
… CHEERS!! Charles (@MetalDesigner)
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