Dec.13, 2011

Can you image you and your family sitting around a 3D printer waiting for your Christmas dinner?

The University of Twente and Het Foodatelier (the Food Studio) in the Netherlands will conduct a joint investigation into the technical and economic feasibility of 3D food printing. 

In recently years many experiments have been carried on with the 3D food printing, such as chocolate 3D printer. The 3D printing technology builds three-dimensional object layer by layer. This technique has several advantages in relation to food making. This allows you to create form and flavor combinations that are difficult or impossible to implement in traditional cooking method. The 3D printing process is a fully automated process, it will be as easy as using a microwave oven for non-professionals to print their food.

The University of Twente and Het Foodatelier see great potentials and will initiate a joint development of 3D food printing. Diverse culinary specialists and food producers will join this development.

Around mid-February 2012 Het Foodatelier will organized workshop with the University of Twente for discovering various applications in the field of 3D food printing.

The project is led by Professor Fred van Houten of the UT program design, production and management. "We have been working a long time with 3D printing, therefore we have a lot of interests in the food and culinary industry. We see opportunities in special shapes from food. If you want to make a cake with the shape of your car, you can soon 3D print it. Of course you must use suitable raw material, with sufficient viscosity and firmness. Then you can combine multiple ingredients.”

Below is an experimental 3D food printer "prints" frosting on a cupcake.

Windell Oskay made this 8-pound cake with a 3D printer called a CandyFab 4000:

The shape is a 3/4 twist mobius strip with a square cross section and windows cut at regular intervals in all of the sides the side. Even though it’s hollow, it still weighs seven pounds and fourteen ounces??that’s a lot of sugar. We’re bringing this monster to Maker Faire this weekend, so you can see it for yourself, too.

(Photo: Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories)


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