3DFPod Ch. 8: 2016 3D Food Printing Conference Preview

Let’s start this off right.. with a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!

I’ll (Jason – @BotBQ) be at the 3D Food Printing Conference next week.. unfortunately Luis (@3DIGITALCOOKS) won’t be 🙁  … AND we made a #3DFPod chapter about it where we briefly go over last year’s 3DFPconf, what we’re looking forward to this year and some of the exciting things you’ll run into if you’re going to the 3DFPconf this year.

Highlights of 3DFPod Ch. 8: 2016 3D Food Printing Conference Preview

  • 3DIGITALCOOKS pre-3DFPconf meetup the night before
  • What are my plans while at the event
  • Why you should find me (Jason) at the event
  • What you can expect from 3DIGITALCOOKS presence at the event
  • 3DFPconf Program highlights
  • 3DChef exhibit

Here are the links to get to Chapter 8 of the 3DFPod:

Hope to see some of your there!


PERFORMANCE Project Final Conference

Friday 16 OCT 2015 will be the final conference in the 3 year long journey of the Performance Project.  The Performance Project is a consortium of many groups, funded by a few countries in the EU to help people in assisted living homes who are battling with swallowing and masticating difficulties.  They will also cover the ordering and logistics of the platform they’ve come up with to create a complete 3D food printing solution for these problems.

When I first heard about the Performance Project I was very excited and had to hear more.  Luckily the project was covered heavily at the 3D food printing conference by several of the participating organizations earlier in the year and we had a chance to talk with Pieter Debrauwer from TNO about it as well.

Performance Project Participants

There are many universities, research firms and companies involved in the project; here’s a short list:

We’ve met some of the people already and they definitely have the right people involved for this project.  You’ll notice that Print2Taste and Melanie Senger will be there as well as they were involved in the project through the Hochschule Weihenstephan.

Video Overview

We’re really looking forward to going to the Performance Project Final Conference and learning more about their research and how they’ve solved the issues of logistics and specific nutrient content.  I think anyone interested in #3DFP will be as well, can’t recommend it enough that you go and check it out.

It is too late to register to attend, but I’ll do my best live tweet-a-thon during the event and I’m hoping they’ll also records and release most of the Performance Project presentations and if we’re lucky maybe there’ll be a live stream!

Thanks for reading and have a great day,



3D printed culinary menu of the future by TNO

3D printed culinary menu of the future

At the 2013 Food Inspiration Days, held 21 and 22 October in Eindhoven, TNO presented a range of high quality, delicious dishes made using advanced 3D food printing techniques. To prepare the dishes, TNO employees worked closely together with students from the Netherlands’ top culinary institute – the Cas Spijkers Academy.

The collaboration with the academy, where the Michelin-starred chefs of the future are being trained, arose from TNO’s successful participation in last year’s Food Inspiration Days event, where its live demonstration of food printing, following by a taste session, was received with tremendous enthusiasm. Michelin 3-starred chef Sergio Herman commented that the “work looked very impressive, but that flavors could be improved.”

For this year’s presentation, TNO took Sergio Herman’s advice to heart and teamed up with the Cas Spijkers Academy. In a number of workshops and cooking sessions the students together with TNO developed a number of delicious, high quality dishes, in which 3D printing played a key role.

TNO Faberge egg - table

 Fig. 1 Culinary menu of the future table, TNO


Spice Bites by TNO

TNO Spice Bytes 1

These spice bites, small cookies, are composed of flour, sugar and fat and in addition each of them has a specific spice added to them.

  • Curry cube
  • Cinnamon cylinder
  • Paprika pyramid
  • Pepernoot pentagon (= “peppernut”, a small, spiced Dutch cookie)

In addition the curry cube also has some milled freeze-dried mealworms added to it, to show that also “alternative ingredients” such as mealworms can be used.

These food products were made in an internal TNO project aimed at investigating the possibilities for the 3D printing of food. The objects were made by means of the so called SLS process (Selective Laser Sintering), one of the 3D printing processes we are investigating. In this process a layer of powder (here the mixture of food ingredients) is treated in specific spots (one slice of the 3D shape) with an infrared laser that heats the material, thus resulting in the fusing together of the powder as a result of the melting of the fat and sugar. In other words, the laser treated spots are baked by the laser. Another layer of powder is put on top and the process is repeated layer after layer, each time projecting the next slice of the 3D shape with the laser, resulting in the complete 3D cookie or snack.

Afterwards, this object, which is already completely baked, can be removed from the remaining loose powder (which was not treated by the laser and which can be reused).

Recipe by Kjeld van Bommel, TNO.