first_imgIf you want to give a gift that will really surprise someone for Valentine’s Day this year you might want to look somewhere else. But if you’re looking for something that’s awesome and creepy at the same time, then a new service in Japan might be exactly what you’re looking for.The trendy FabCafe in the Shibuya region of Tokyo is offering a unique opportunity to have custom-printed pieces of chocolate, which are molded specifically to resemble a customer’s face. It’s all done with 3D printing technology.While some people are busy using 3D printing to change the fashion industry or provide a potentially paradigm-shifting way to build endless houses, FabCafe is turning it to the world of confections in a way never seen before.Here’s how it works: Customers have their heads scanned and turned into a digital 3D model. After that process, the model is then printed out in plastic, courtesy of a ProjetHD 3D printer. This model is then turned into a silicon mold, which is filled with melted chocolate. After all is said and done, the end result is a piece of chocolate that is truly personalized.Now, as you might expect, because of the multiple steps in the process, and because of the fact that the face mold is being filled with chocolate rather than a more skin-like substance, the actual product ends up looking a bit off-kilter, though still recognizable.Of course, this isn’t the first time 3D chocolate printing has been brought to the table. And there are also many other ideas for combining 3D printing and food, whether it’s printing your own meat or creating a $300,000 hamburger. Mmmmm… technology.FabCafe (Japanese), via Guardianlast_img