Dec 23, 2014

Italy-based world's leading pasta maker Barilla plans to equip every restaurant with 3D food printers in a few years. Customers could then get their own designed 3D printed pasta on the plate in a few minutes. The company is currently working with TNO Eindhoven in the Netherlands to build a custom 3D pasta printer. In last August, Barilla commissioned Thingarage to launch the Print Eat contest, a 3D modeling competition that invited everyone to submit designs for 3D printable pasta shapes. Basically, the design has to be something that can be created only through 3D printing.

More than 530 international product designers from more than 20 countries took up the challenge. Yesterday Barilla announced the results from the "PrintEat" competition, which revealed three winners from a total of 216 submissions.

One of the designs is called Rosa Pasta designed by Loris Tupin, a French industrial designer from Maxilly sur Léman. He designed a bio-dynamic 3D model of pasta that will bloom into a shape of a rose when you put it into boiling water.

The next winner is Danilo Spiga and Luis Fraguarda, a product design team based in Cagliari, Italy. Their 'Vortipa' is a new concept of pasta based on the vortex pattern progression system that resembles a funny christmas tree.

The next design is called Lune created by Alessandro Carabini, an Italian product designer working in collaborative Studio Abaco in Paris, France. He submitted a full moon design with holes created to allow for better interaction between the pasta and sauces.

Countries with the highest number of active contestants were: Italy, United States, Netherlands, France and Germany.

"We were thrilled to see the enthusiasm with which the contest was greeted by the designer community, which is not used to dealing with food," said Michela Petronio, Research Vice President at the Barilla Group. "There are several steps that must be taken on the 3D project – but whatever the future of pasta, Barilla is going to be there."

Each winner received €800 for the effort.

"Making a product with the most advanced techniques of digital fabrication and 3D printing means to overcome the limitations of industrial production in a smart way." said Antonello Balestrieri, CEO of Thingarage. "I am extremely glad for the results of this competition: our design community interpreted this ambitious challenge in the best way, creating innovative products that paved the way for a new type of sustainable production and consumption," said Antonello Balestrieri, CEO of Thingarage.


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