3D food printing

With the increased role of technology in society and higher than ever demand for nutritious and personalized food, the need for the food & technology industry to respond becomes even bigger. One of the expected solutions that will contribute to solving these problems is 3D Food Printing.

3D Printing, in general,  has existed for more than 30 years. It is known as a disruptive production technology in many markets, like for instance the Automotive industry, in Aerospace and Healthcare. In the past few years, 3D Food Printing has been researched and is now expected to become a disruptive (industrial) cooking technique, already used in the food industry on a daily basis and constantly getting more popular and more developed.

byFlow (Dutch company specializing in 3D Printing) decided to join the mission of changing the way people prepare and experience food. The goal of byFlow is to develop 3D Food Printers which are compact, portable, easy-to-use and therefore, accessible to everyone. Their first success was in 2015, with a 3D Food Printer called “the Focus”, that quickly entered the food industry and is now ready for sale.

The Focus 3D Food Printer is a device which makes it possible to design and create food in shapes and textures that were not achievable before. It’s easy to maintain and easy to use. The secret lies in the right preparation of printable paste, made out of fresh ingredients only. Vegetables, meat, dairy, chocolate, marzipan, etc. can all become materials for 3D-printed dishes. 3D food printing contributes to a whole new experience of fine dining and gets popular among top chefs, caterers, bakeries, chocolatiers and food designers, who are now using this technology to attract and amaze their customers.

However, 3D Food Printing is not only about new shapes, but it is also on its way to find solutions for the increasing demand of personalized dieting, for the disquieting amount of food waste, and for the necessity for sustainable development. That is why R&D facilities and Multinational Companies in the Food Industry get involved in 3D Food Printing as well. A great example is a project launched by Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), which uses 3D Food Printing to find a way to produce personalized and genetically targeted food.

Undoubtedly, the 3D Food Printing market is expected to witness a phenomenal rise over the forthcoming years. However, not everyone knows that this technology is not anymore in its research phase only. Thanks to companies like byFlow, 3D Food Printers can be already purchased and used on daily basis.