Silicone Molds for Baking and Freezing

Appealing and unique pastry shapes achieved with low costs.

Challenge

When creating custom shaped cakes you can run into two major problems. On the market, you can find only a limited number of forms that don’t allow for much diversity. If you want your sweets to be of unique design you cannot rely on already existing shapes. The second problem is the budget. The cost of ordering custom forms might be too high for the whole venture to be profitable. Not to mention the time needed for outsourcing. Here’s where a 3D printer can help a lot.

Solution

To make a cake with a unique design, the pastry chef asked a designer for help. Together, they decided on the size, volume, and shape of the form. Secondly, the designer created a 3D model of the cake in 3D modeling software. Then the 3D model was imported to Voxelizer and 3D printed on ZMorph VX. The first mold is just a prototype the designer and pastry chef used to see if they are any improvements needed. Some minor changes were made in the 3D model, and then the mold was once again 3D printed on ZMorph VX in the best quality possible. The cake mold is then washed with water and dish soap solution and finally dipped in liquid silicone. After 24 hours the form is ready for use by the pastry chef.

Result

The result is a unique cake form that can be used repeatedly for different fillings. To make a cake using this form, the pastry chef needs to prepare a special filling. The ingredients depend on the desirable outcome. After the form is filled with the ingredients it needs to sit in the freezer to become a solid body that won’t be destroyed by removing it from the form. The final result can be decorated accordingly. 3D printed mold and custom design guarantee exclusive form that no other pastry chef has used before.

Custom Resin Jewelry from 3D Printed Molds

Custom Resin Jewelry from 3D Printed Molds

Fully controlled process, lower production cost, amazing effects.

Challenge

Resin casting is a well known method for making jewelry. This method incorporates pouring resin into a mold in the desired shape of the jewelry piece. The most crucial part of the process is the mold itself – the visual effect depends on how precise the mold is, and the cost viability of the process depends mainly on the cost of a custom made mold. Designer Paula Szarejko was able to optimize both above factors thanks to a ZMorph VX.

Solution

The first part of the process was designing the parts for 3D printing: jewelry shapes and mold box. The 3D printed shape was used as an imprint to mark the geometry of the jewelry in silicon rubber, resulting in a mold negative. The mold negative created that way was then put into the 3D printed mold box, ready to be used for casting. For casting material, Paula chose translucent epoxy resin mixed with stone and sand particles as well as different dyes to create a one-of-a-kind visual effect. As the last step, Paula 3D printed some neat jewelry cases with her branding.

Result

Using a ZMorph VX Paula was able to create custom jewelry molds in a fully controlled process, and what’s also important, at low cost. Additionally, 3D printing opened her the way for experimenting with jewelry shapes and allowed for faster iterating. In result, Paula was able to create an entire line of jewelry, reuse the same molds for low-volume production, and multiply the molds when needed.

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