Making a Custom Chocolate Mold with the Mayku FormBox

The Mayku FormBox is an affordable desktop vacuum forming machine. It’s a great addition to any makerspace and opens up lots of creative project possibilities. As an example, we used our Mayku FormBox to create a custom mold for chocolates. It was a lot of fun. Here’s what we did:

First, we used TinkerCAD to create some shapes for our chocolate mold. If you’re not familiar with TinkerCAD, it’s a free online CAD tool that’s easy to use and great for basic 3D modeling. 

TinkerCAD Shapes for Chocolate Mold
Creating Shapes for Chocolate Mold in TinkerCAD

Then we exported these objects as an STL file, loaded that STL into Cura, and printed them on our Ultimaker 3. We then used these 3D printed shapes to make our chocolate mold.

The Mayku FormBox comes with two types of forming sheets – Form Sheets and Cast Sheets. The Cast Sheets are food-safe, so we used one of them for this project.

Making a Chocolate Mold with the Mayku FormBox
Making a Chocolate Mold with the Mayku FormBox

After making the mold, we melted our chocolates and spooned them into the molds:

Chocolates in Chocolate Mold, Ready to be Chilled
Chocolates in Chocolate Mold, Ready to be Chilled

Then we placed the tray into a freezer so the chocolates could solidify. Once chilled, we removed the chocolates from the mold:

Chocolates from Custom Chocolate Mold
Chocolates from Custom Chocolate Mold

OK, so they’re not the prettiest chocolates… We learned that using somewhat larger shapes would be preferable since the chocolates tend to break when trying to remove such small pieces from the mold. But they tasted great, and it was a fun project!

Check out our video of the project here:

To learn more about the Mayku FormBox, or to purchase one, please visit 3D Universe.

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