Drafting students watch class assignment become chocolate treats

What’s a 3D printer doing in the SICE kitchens? Students in DR 240 (Advanced Solidworks) used it to bring their designs to life – in chocolate.

Tom Boersma, head of the mechanical and architectural design department, and instructor Nathan Sneller joined SICE student Stephanie Pyka in the culinary amphitheater for the practical class project, in which the drafting students used vacuum-formed molding to produce chocolate amolds.

The students used the state-of-the-art 3D printer to make positive master molds that, in turn, were used to make the HDPE negative plastic molds. Each student’s design was carried through to a useable form. Then Stephanie used the forms to make chocolates.

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