May 24, 2014

Cambridge based design studio Dovetailed today announces the launch of its 3D food printer, a device that prints 'fruit'.

Working with Microsoft in Cambridge, Dovetailed has developed a 3D fruit printer that uses a molecular-gastronomy technique called spherification which is able to print an apple or a pear, or any other type of fruit in just seconds, according to Cambridge news.

To create the flavours, the researchers combine fruit juice with powdered sodium alginate and then dripped into a bowl of cold calcium chloride. Each drop of the alginated liquid forms into tiny spheres which could subsequently be mixed with spheres from other fruits. The blended spheres could then being formed into any shape and size.You can customize the taste and texture of the fruit without specialist knowledge of cuisine or molecular-gastronomy required. And the fruit produced is all organic.

Dovetailed will reveal their 3D food printer this morning at Tech Food Hack – an experimental dining hackathon event in Cambridge, where a small group of foodies, geeks, makers, designers and artists are gathering together to experiment, design and hack dazzling new dining experiences using locally sourced ingredients and knowhow. This hackathon is co-organised by Vaiva Kalnikaitė from Dovetailed and Tim Regan from Microsoft Research Cambridge.

Founded in 2011 in Cambridge, Dovetailed is an unconventional user experience design studio and innovation lab dedicated to researching, designing and creating technologies that enhance dining experiences.

Vaiva Kalnikaitė, creative director and founder of Dovetailed, said: "We have been thinking of making this for a while. It's such an exciting time for us as an innovation lab. Our 3D fruit printer will open up new possibilities not only to professional chefs but also to our home kitchens – allowing us to enhance and expand our dining experiences. We have re-invented the concept of fresh fruit on demand."

Gabriel Villar, chief inventor at Dovetailed, added: "With our novel printing technique, you can not only recreate existing fruits, but also invent your own creations."

Tim Regan, principal scientist at Microsoft Research Cambridge, said: "We are fascinated how 3D printing changes the way we appreciate and reflect on the form of the things we make and use.

"Vaiva and Gabriel's work inventing a 3D printer that prints fruit unlocks new creative possibilities that reach further still into our everyday lives and our expressive potentials."

Update May 28, 2014:

The 3D fruit printer can be seen in action in the video below.

Source: Cambridge News

Posted in 3D Printers


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Boyle Dover wrote at 5/30/2014 10:57:03 PM:

What we need is a 3D Printer that can print someone a brain here because the scientific community has completely lost theirs when it comes to the inception of new technologies based solely on market appeal and with complete disregard to the health and wellness of the public which is so easily persuaded to embrace them. This would fit nicely into the fictionalized corporate food pyramid.

Bob Roberts wrote at 5/24/2014 3:37:10 PM:

I'm having trouble believing that the fruit produced is all organic.

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