XOCO chocolate printer
XOCO is a 3d-printer that can create customised objects in chocolate, aimed at innovative restaurants, serious hobby cooks and their guests. Current 3d-printers are usually technical, business-like objects and with this project we wanted to show that also in this category it is possible to create a product which not only works great, but feels right in the food-centred environments it is intended for.
The XOCO 3d-printer is based on a polar coordinate system with a rotating build plate and a single pillar from which both printhead and glass cover are suspended. Everything in the design contributes to giving the process of printing a visually open impression, adding to the experience of creating your customised sweets. Special attention is given to the interactive aspect of the process with a glanceable multicolour LED ring guiding the user through the printing process.
All elements of the XOCO ecosystem of product, graphics, interaction, app and consumables contribute to a perfect creative experience for cooks and their guests.
The original idea for XOCO was suggested by Nikhil Velpanur. A version of the design was used to support an investment round for an Asian technology start up.
XOCO is a conceptual design and it is not for sale.
“The XOCO is a perfect example of how app-connected devices and 3D food printers may be introduced to creative at-home chefs and hobbyists who are interested in the future of food creation.”
“Whether you’re an innovative restaurateur, an amateur chef, or just a chocolate devotee, the famed design team behind Michiel Cornelissen Ontwerp is convinced that XOCO is for you.”