Apr 9, 2018 | By David

We’ve reported before on the work of pioneering Dutch 3D printing start-up byflow, which created one of the first commercially available 3D printers for food, and was involved with a temporary 3D printed food pop-up restaurant in London. The company recently recruited top Dutch chef Jan Smink as an ambassador, and he will soon open a restaurant in the town of Wolvega, which will be the Netherlands’ first permanent restaurant to have 3D printed food on the menu.

Smink is a past winner of the Bocuse d’Or, and he has worked for the restaurant De Librije, which has three Michelin stars. He has been collaborating with 3D printing company byflow for a while now, experimenting with 3D printed food in order to develop better customer experiences as well as promote and improve byflow’s technology. After over a year of creating new recipes, giving demonstrations and supporting byFlow’s research and development, he will be launching a restaurant with 3D printed offerings on the permanent menu.


(source: byflow)

This is a huge step forward for 3D printing food and for the restaurant industry, and it follows hot on the heels of byflow’s successful showing at Horecava 2018, this year’s edition of the Netherlands’ annual hospitality conference. The 3D Food Printing Conference is now in its fourth year, and Smink will also be giving a talk at this year’s edition, held at the Brightland Campus in Venlo.

Smink’s new establishment will be set up in a building formerly used by Dutch bank ING, and it is due to be officially opened in September. The restaurant is still in the early phases of development, but Smink intends it to offer some unique dining experiences for restaurant patrons. He will be bringing his own unique homegrown culinary style and tastes to the restaurant’s menu, as well as taking advantage of the new levels of design freedom that 3D printing offers. An open-kitchen style set-up will allow guests to see the chefs hard at work on their food.

The new establishment is also intended to serve as a research base for 3D printing food development, and it will also be used for product demonstrations of byflow’s Focus 3D printer. The name of the restaurant is due to be announced sometime in May, when the website will also be launched. From that point on, guests will be able to start making reservations for this hotly-anticipated new eating concept.

The Focus 3D printer is byflow’s flagship product and it will have pride of place at the new restaurant/food development center, demonstrating to experts and interested visitors the new culinary possibilities presented by accessible 3D printing technology. Released on Kickstarter with great success back in 2015, byflow’s Focus machine offers a variety of advanced FDM options. Specialized extrusion nozzles for food and ceramics were a key part of the design of the printer, which has a special stationary print bed and software that can optimize the system according to the type of print head being used. The company was launched in 2009 by brother and sister team Nina and Floris Hoff, alongside their father Frits and friend Jeanine Hendriks, and has recently increased its focus on the food 3D printing field.



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