July 31, 2014

There are many recipes out there for making your own ice cream at home, but did you know that you can make your own ice cream using 3D printer? Two weeks ago, we reported that three students at MIT, Kyle Hounsell, Kristine Bunker, and David Donghyun Kim created a ice cream printer using the principals of a fused deposition model printer. This week, Luis E. Fraguada of Spanish company 'Robots In Gastronomy' has also showed off a printer that is capable of printing ice cream.

Their printer, called 'FoodForm', allows the user to print objects onto any surface. Fraguada told us, it can be "a heated cooking surface such as a grill or frying pan", and it can also print directly onto the serving plate, or, "as in the case of the ice cream, on a very cold surface such as the Polyscience Anti-Griddle."

The Anti-Griddle they used was borrowed from Cocktail Lab. The Polyscience's Anti-Griddle machine enables you to quickly turn sauces, purees, crèmes, vinaigrettes and other foods into very different solid or semi-frozen creations. It features a -30°F / -34.4°C plate so it is ideal to be used for printing ice cream.

"The FoodForm is not just an ice cream printer, it is a 3D food printer capable of printing ice cream." Fraguada added.

The Anti-Griddle allows rapid unidirectional freezing, but it has also limits. Fraguada said, "In the case of the ice cream, the height is very critical. If it is too thick, the top layers will not fully freeze. We were able to print up to 10mm and get the top layers pretty frozen. The shape is kept for a few minutes...long enough to enjoy the print without getting ice cream all over your hands!"

Fraguada said the FoodForm 3D printer is currently in its 3rd revision, and they will soon debut their 4th iteration which has been tested in various tough kitchen environments. Up to know they have used the FoodForm to create various type of food such as hazelnut and chocolate creams, cream cheeses, cheesecake, frosting, jam and various fruit preserves, bread dough, cake dough, crepe batter, cookie dough, paste etc.


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