On par with the recent trend of 3D head scanning and printing, Shibuya’s FabCafe in Tokyo is offering a new service for those needing to get more personal than your typical box-of-chocolates-fare this Valentine’s Day by allowing new makers to scan their lovely mugs to be used as molds for chocolate delectables. Who knew my brains tasted like Baileys Irish Cream filling ?

Too Personal or Just Right?

Shibuya’s FabCafe is offering a two-day workshop for new makers to learn how to scan their face, turn it into a workable CAD model, clean up the model, 3D print their final head in plastic from a Projet HD 3D printer, and then create a silicone mold in which to ultimately create their own lovely, edible, chocolate truffle to give to their loved one on V-Day.

Computer showing process for making chocolate portraits

Supposedly, Valentine’s Day is huge in Japan, and the demand for elaborate gifts increase annually. With the addition of digitally fabricated foods to one’s arsenal, the competition will only get better and more interesting. According to tradition, women give chocolate gifts to men on Valentine’s Day with an emphasis on ‘handmade’ items. In March, the day of Saint Valentine is followed up by ‘White Day’, in which men are expected to return the favor.


While this FabCafe PopUp Workshop sounds perfect in context to Japan’s cultural expectations surrounding the holiday, it makes me wonder that there couldn’t possibly be a better way to get Kid Makers started in 3D printing? Forget the Justin Bieber (I had to Google that spelling by the way) Valentine’s Day Cards—-send them to school with crazy face-heads infused with strawberry jam brains.

Chocolate portraits

FabCafe: The Digital Fabrication Coffeeshop

While we’re on the topic……FabCafe? Yes–the name implies everything that you would think it is: a place to get a latte while designing and waiting for your digital fabrication project:

“All you need to bring is an adobe illustrator vector file, which you plug in to the cutter it does the work – in paper, felt, acrylic, wood and other materials too. Pricing to use the machine is a bit steep, but not outrageous: 2000 yen to share the machine with up to 3 people for 30 minutes. It will cost you 5000 yen if you want the machine to yourself…However, it’s recommended you have your coffee before operating the machine.”

-Johnny of Spoon and Tamago

Are FabCafes the new Internet Cafes?





via Treehugger and the Guardian


Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.