Actual Mars Bar

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Introduction: Actual Mars Bar

About: I am a designer and maker living and working in Milwaukee WI. in 2011 I built a tiny house as a way to develop some new skill's. I took the red pill and never looked back.

Some of you may have come across the wonderful resource that is NASA 3D Resources. For those of you unfamiliar you can find stl files of all the Apollo landing sights, Mars, and much more.

https://nasa3d.arc.nasa.gov/models

Once I had found the Valles Marineris files I imported them into Fusion 360 to make some minor tweets to the landscape. I wanted a chocolate bar I could break pieces off easily to share. After Adding some break lines it was off to my trusty 3D printer.

Step 1: Printing and Casting

My first thought was to print it laying on its back and thats what I did for the first version but on further testing I got the best resolution by printing the bar on its side. It's important to use food grade silicone when making a mold for food. My first attempt was to make the mold from the 3d printed master using the vacu former at the Makerspace I am part of. I switched to silicone molds when I had problems later in the process pouring the molds.

Step 2: Tempering

I remembered one of my favorite YouTubers, French Guy Cooking, had made a video on tempering chocolate. That's the last and most delicious step in this process.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-EKcYqKEec

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    6 Discussions

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    Alex in NZ
    Alex in NZ

    1 year ago

    We need a "bad pun" button.
    This is awesome! I love the idea of this for outer-space chocolate. Thank you for sharing this :-)

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    CarlS40
    CarlS40

    Reply 1 year ago

    Not bad meaning bad but bad mening good right?

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    Alex in NZ
    Alex in NZ

    Reply 1 year ago

    When it comes to puns, bad is good :-)

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    jessyratfink
    jessyratfink

    1 year ago

    This made me LOL - great idea :D

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    CarlS40
    CarlS40

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks! It was a fun project.

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    audreyobscura
    audreyobscura

    1 year ago

    HA! This is brilliant! I've always wanted to work with food-safe mold compound - I added this kit to my wishlist, thanks for the inspiration!