When Candy Mechanics founder Sam Part inadvertently wrote “lickable” rather than “likeable” in a final presentation to fellow classmates at University, his dyslexia took his career down an unexpected path…
From this moment of inspiration he created a lollipop of his own head which won a prestigious design competition, and Sam’s move into the personalized confectionery market was up and running.
Three years later, Candy Mechanics is now selling personalized chocolate gifts worldwide, partnering with global luxury chocolatier, Godiva and plans to further its partnerships and products through a crowdfunding scheme. So how does ABB fit in to this sticky tale?
Candy Mechanics are using automation techniques and partnering with ABB to explore the use of robotics (an ABB IRB120 robot) and computer numerical control mills to create products at speed - in under 5 minutes - which offers a level of personalization, reliability and speed that's completely beyond the 2D printing-on-objects process used by other manufacturers.
Sam Part, founder of Candy Mechanics, said: “Working with ABB means we can produce a high volume of completely personalized products at scale with an automated system that’s really easy to operate. This means multiple machines can be run and managed by very few people, massively reducing manufacturing costs and offering our customers what they want: high quality, on-demand personalized products. We’re now looking to raise £400,000 through an equity crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs to enable us to develop further product innovation and brand partnerships.”
For details of the campaign: https://seedrs.com/candymechanics
Ian Funnell, ABB UK’s Managing Director said: “As someone with a sweet tooth myself, it’s great to see our robots working in such an innovative and imaginative way. It’s always pleasing to see our customers thriving and we wish Sam and Candy Mechanics all the best in their future plans.”