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I Love 3DFP!!!!

3d chocolate printer by Evan Weinstein

It is truly inspiring every single time I found someone, with the willingness to learn and the tenacity to work on 3d food printing. In this case Evan Weinstein decided to work in the holy grail of 3DFP problems. Printing Chocolate.

Greatest part is that he is sharing a lot of his work! Specially the how to’s and the evolution of his project. Very little people those that so we eternally appreciate his effort.

VISIT HIS WEBSITE for more info. There you will find interesting videos. Like how he milled his nozzle:

Or his first iteration design review.

Looking forward to next year Maker Faire to see what he surprises us with 🙂

 

EVAN YOU ROCK! Your 3d chocolate printer is fun 🙂

Rocking Candy

Rocking candy is a new way to have fun  looking for new ways to use my printer to make fun stuff. Did I say fun twice? FUN FUN FUN.

The whole idea behind the rocking candy arrived after some random brainstorming for candy designs. I was looking about cool stuff that I would like to play with, flavor, shape, color… those are pretty obvious. But then I thought about fun. About playing with the candy, and from there (and rocking chairs) came the idea to mix both to create a set of candies where each one would rock with its own personality… of course after a gentle push.

The journey (a week) was mostly focused on improving and practicing the whole idea of making-candy-process. Ideation, design, printing, cleaning, iteration…

The results, that you see in the video are from the first design. There was no iteration in the CAD file itself. All the work happened at the printer level. Not the most fun stuff, but really important to streamline and learn to make future projects easier. I have learned to sieve with a siever (avoiding sifters), the need for good cleaning tools, and how gentle things need to be!! A LOT!

Overall a good fun project as a to dust off my printing skills, and share during my Science Sandbox fellowship.

More coming soon 🙂

Rocking candy is fun, 3d food printing for life.

New Fellowship on 3d food printing design

2017 is not waiting for anyone! March is already here and I am starting a new Fellowship…. How exciting! It’s funny because before this one I have only been part of one previous fellowship as an AiR at Pier9. So when I got the chance to enroll in a new one I did not hesitate even for a second!

I am joining the first cohort for the Science Sandbox fellowship @NewLab. And of course…my topic could not be anything else than 3d food printing related!!! hands up if you are feeling me on this one!!!! But what topic I will be working on???

I am gonna take the next 3 months to do research on 3d food printing design.

3d food printing design should be as as using a spoon or reading from a menu.

That is the whooole scope. For sure not an easy one, but any exploration towards that goal will give already good insights.

I will be mainly focus on talking to a lot of people and explore tangible and virtual design tools. Of course all the design tests will be actually printed. What links with my second goal. GET TO PRINT A LOT WITH MY NEW ZCORP! I expect to improve the way I sieve the powder, how to clean the prints but specially making for reliable prints and understanding the limits.

During this week#0, I looked into better ways to sieve the powder. First I wanted to buy a machine for it, later I wanted and ultrasonic sifter. Eventually I bought a couple of flour sifters, and tested them (cheap approach). It does the job. It’s better than the ring sifter, but it is a tough and long process, at least 15 minutes for 4 inches. Happy with it so far. Will need more tests!!!

Week#1 coming next!

 

Moving to New Lab

March, 2017 already. Time flies, faster than we would like but, well, that one thing its the same for all of us. This time our weekly adventure is moving the ZCorp printer, again. To New Lab!

I have been recently accepted as a Fellow there, so I get to have more space for my experiments. Thanks a lot to TK from the Thai Bird for helping me out and my wife to!

Moving a 100 kilos machine it has some challenges, specially when there is no elevator involved. But lessons learned from the first time.

  • Tag and sort all the screws
  • Disassemble E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G (specially the piston walls)
  • Take your time

Luckily everything went well and the printer has already a new home. Time to start working on some new projects! Any suggestions?

Visiting the CIA

Great, awesome, lets get for it. As much as I wanted, we needed to be respecful with the PR team at the CIA, so no videos but, AWESOME PICTURES instead of our visit at the CIA (culinary institute of america).

First and foremost thanks again and again to Liam McCleod, for opening to us the doors of the CIA. Liam is the 3d printing lab director and also manager for consulting client relationships at the CIA. With a culinary and food science background. Liam is the type of incredible people that we love to meet in our 3d food printing adventures.

First stop and the most obvious was the 3d printing lab.

Founded after the CIA dean got to meet the sugar wizards from The Sugar Lab at a culinary show.

Obviously got impressed and needed to bring this amazing tech to his school.

The lab has two main 3d food printer. A ChefJet and a ChefJet pro, with their main difference being th Pro being capable of printing with colors and with a larger printing volume.

Man I love this printers, with all their stainless steel and binder tubes that makes them look sweet.

Liam explained that the interest of the CIA on 3d food printing has been helping to set a standard around a technology with a few very very references and also looking for ways on how it can be used to explore customized foods with proper nutrition balance.

They also have a 3d printer from 3d systems and a haptic mouse, that I was happy to try for first time!

Liam got to explain us more about the testing methodologies that they are following at the lab towards yielding different powder mixtures both sweet and savory. And most important trying to understand through a data the results behind each mix towards.

I could recognize the wasabi powder mix that we ALMOST got to try a year ago at the Culinary Visit that we did. Jason we missed that one.

Following with our visit we got to tour around the incredible CIA facilities, from wing to win we went from yeasty to chocolate aromas. The whole school is gorgeous. Walking through it made me want to go back to school. It has this old school well preserved vibe that makes it really hard not to WOOOW every 5 seconds. At some point I felt like I was the Xavier Institute from the xmen. Truly amazing.

Within the campus there are several restaurants, local American cuisine, Italian, French, but my choice for the day was Apple pie bakery. My roommate a graduated student from the CIA told me to go there and enjoy. Oh boy I did. Pretzel with mac and cheese, carrot ginger soup, jalapeno muffin, blueberry muffin, and a danish some of the treats that I got.
Remarkable location and scenic views around the campus.

Its was an amazing visit that I hope to repeat in the future!

Visiting the Smart Gastronomy Lab

Long time no see!

Back on the internets and its 2017. Time flies. Super excited about this video. Last year, one of our awesome support athletes (Yolanda) had the chance to visit the Smart Gastronomy Lab (SGL)  in Belgium. The SGL is not a new player in the game, they have been around for a few years. I still clearly remember the great presentation that Dr Dorothee Goffin did during the first 3D Food Pritning conference in Venlo.

“Bring makers to the kitchen”

Greatest 3d food printing quote ever. Period.

In the video Yolanda also interviews Dr Gaetan Richard. It is exciting to see pictures of their space. To me they have been pushing 3d chocolate printing further like the most, their results are visually astonishing:

All credit to the Smart Gastronomy Lab for this picture.

Have a great day!

The 3d food printing conference is back!

Picture by 3dChef

 

The 3d food printing conference is back! 2017 is here and as usual the 3d food printing conference, could not fail us. This time moving to a summer edition.

As with all 3D printing applications and aspects, 3D Food Printing is a huge hype. The 3D printing technology will be fundamental to the way people interact with food in the future. Supermarkets are already testing to 3D print customized cakes, restaurants are offering printed desserts. Some even claim that there will be a 3D food printer in every home in just two years. However, much research is required to change the hype into reality. Which industries will be influenced by the technology? Which food components can be printed in the near future? And which aspects whould be taken into account to ensure safety and maintainability of 3D printed food? The 3D Food Printing Conference will answer this kind of questions.

Focus topics: Technologies for 3D Food Printing; Ingredients for 3D Food Printing; Patent issues; Legal / Regulatory issues; Investment opportunies; Research

The 3D Food Printing Conference is part of the first global Innovative Food -Agri Event – a two-day event (June 28-29, 2017) that includes 4 dedicated conferences and an exhibition:

  • 3D Food Printing Conference (June 28, 2017)
  • Vertical Farming Conference (June 28, 2017)
  • Healthy Nutrition Conference (June 29, 2017)
  • Smart Farming Conference (June 29, 2017)
  • Smart Food Farming Expo (June 28-29, 2017)

Focus topics:

  • Technologies for 3D Food Printing
  • Ingredients for 3D Food Printing
  • Patent issues
  • Legal / Regulatory issues
  • Investment opportunities
  • Research

Target: Suppliers to the food industry | agricultural industry | hardware and software suppliers | food research institutions | health care professionals | hospitality and catering professionals | trendwatchers | foodpreneurs | certification and food safety institutions.


For more information on the 3D Food Printing Conference program and registration we invite you to visit http://3dfoodprintingconference.com/

I am looking forward for the opportunity to be there. Not sure yet if it will be possible this year, but for sure I will try! Its always fun to meet other 3DFP addicts professionals!

Setting up our 3d food printing workshop

In this week’s video we present the second part of our awesome memories, from the 3d food printing workshop at Fabcon 3D.

We just arrived to Messe Erfurt. First we discovered that the kitchen was empty and they had yet to build the sink and bring in all the equipment. But we also discovered that the organizers work fast! While we wait for things to come together, we went to do some shopping and get something to eat.

After that we set up the whole kitchen with a central table for up to 10 students. After that we dedicated the rest of the day to rehearse the workshop and too test the recipes and play with lots and lots of dry ice!

Of course we also had our epic high five moment with 3 hands!!

Aram and Jason you rock!!!

By the way if you have not seen the previous video you can watch it here.

Let us know if you wanna have fun too in one of workshops. Thank you