Walkthrough Pinya3, 3d food printing platform

In this video we go through some of the reasons why we build Pinya3 a 3d food printing platform.

Pinya3 is the open source 3d food platform that we use to create our digital recipes.

This video was made during our time in Seoul. Thank you to the Art center Nabi for allowing us using their kitchen, where we did this walk though pinya3.

Pinya 3 was design to fit in the kitchen. The most important feature one was the dimensions. Fits perfectly under the cabinets of the Pier9 kitchen. Also the distant between towers was designed to easily slide in and out dishes. Also having a usb connector and a power plug, was an improvement from previous printers to be able to survive in the kitchen and to be easier to move around.

All the electronics are located in the upper side of the frame to avoid the electronics getting damaged by spills or food explosions that may happen during the kitchen wars.

The printer uses magnetic ball joints to remove and clean easily its parts. Also it makes easier to change the tool used.

Pinya3 is a 3d food printing platform because it can use many different tools, not just one.

The base is made out of stainless steel 304, with a thickness of 3mm. The rest of the frontal plates are to hold connectors, the LCD screen and to hide cables. This helps to give a more friendly appearance to the printer for when it needs to relate to people.

On the upper part we have the electronics. Pinya3 uses an Smoothieboard. It has a basic setup with the board with 5 stepper drivers plus 2 external ones. Also we decided to add the LCD screen to test how the interface will play in the kitchen and the interaction with people.

Also since it is Pinya3 it has 3 pineapples etched in the plywood parts.

We hope you enjoy this short explanation. If you have more doubts do not hesitate to contact with us!

3DFP experience at Pier9

Pier 9

On August 1st 2015 I landed on San Francisco. I did not know much about what the next 6 months would mean to me, but there I was ready for a new adventure.

A few weeks before I got accepted to be an Artist in Residence for the 2015 fall cohort. Where? at Pier 9! A dream came true that was about to shake my whole life. In a month I wrapped up a life in Barcelona and I headed to San Francisco to keep pursuing the 3D food printing thug-life.

Little did I know what the Pier 9 is. Yes, a creative workshop with an incredible set of cool and expensive tools. That is probably the reason why I signed in. Sure I was so wrong. Pier 9 is the Willy-Wonka-factory-to-put-your-shit-together as a maker an understand whatever you are doing (for me). With a 3d printing lab, a cnc lab, a wood shop and a metal shop. Although the biggest asset of the place is the top notch community. People always ready to help and give A+ feedback.

Water jet parts

I brought a long list of projects I wanted to make. First thing I did was to ditch it. First two months were an exploration of tools. Getting lost learning a lot without much sense. That probed to be useful at the end. When some of those tools were mandatory for the stuff I made & I am more proud of.


At Pier 9 I used for the first time a laser cutter, a waterjet, a metal shop, a vacuum former, fancy 3d printers, a reflow oven, a professional kitchen, and for sure stuff that I can not even remember. I got introduced to fusion 360. A tool that has been helping me to discover many new things about how to design better (still learning lots every day, I am an newbie).


During MY-TIME I build Pinya3, tested different extruding mechanisms, test a few materials, build a few testing nozzles, printed with dots and probably printed too much hummus. I do not consider myself and exigent person. But taking into account the learning backpack that I am taking from my time there I am not very happy with the outcome. Still I know that way more new things will come just from the experience that I am taking with me.

3d printed hummus

Beyond all the things I learned or made. What I am more selfishly proud of my time at Pier 9 is how my 3d food printing vision has been formed. The importance of food. How to shape technology to make what we want and not the other way around. The importance to create the right experience to bridge the gap between people and 3DFP.

The POWER of 3DFP relies on the strong bond that connects people and food. Period.

I loved every single second that I spent at the Pier. All the ups and downs. I can not be thankful enough for all the support from every single person I met there and for the chance for share the same space. Thank you to all you. Shout out for the rest of amazing AiRs too.


Nothing of this could had been even close to possible without the support of my tremendous wife. With out her, nothing that is going on would be even possible!!!!! to her I owe everything! 감사합니다

3D Food Printing Infographic by Yangseub Lim

The end of 2015 had a lot of impact for us, 3DFP Roadtrip, Pier 9 exhibition and the Tech Forum  presentation in Korea. It was also the end of the school year for many students.

One student project we’d like to highlight is the “Map of 3D Food Printing Development” by Yangseub Lim. On his blog you can see the effort and research he did towards his studies.  It’s a commendable effort and as you know we are ALWAYS happy to welcome more people (especially students) into the 3DFP community!

Map of 3D Food Printing Development

Go check out Yangseub’s really educational 3d food printing educational research blog and maybe it will give you some inspiration on your next 3DFP project.

3D Food Printing at CES 2016

Sadly we’re not there in Vegas to see all the 3d food printing taking place at CES 2016 this time around…   We’ve just got to keep hitting F5 on the keyboard to our google search and checking the other sites to get some inside info.

One cool piece that we wanted to share is the piece on 3D Systems Culinary Lab from Kimberley Wang of BRIT + CO

Go check it out and tell’em we sent ya by clicking the pic below

emoji candy from culinary lab at CES 2016

Pic credit: BRIT+CO – Emoji 3D Printed Candy from the Culinary Lab

Did you notice anything 3DFP at CES 2016?  Let us know on social media or send us an email

New 3D Food Printing Kickstarters….

We’re always happy when we see somebody take the leap into 3D food printing!

On that note we want to let you know that there are two brand-spanking new 3D food printing crowdfunding campaigns that use/will use/want to use 3DFP as a new business.  We have made contact with Martin from SCOFF3D and it looks like we will be in touch very soon.

Here is a very brief rundown and a link for you to check them out for yourself.  Please be aware that crowdfunding campaigns are a little risky as most people are still in the concept phase of their idea when they launch these.  I’m pretty positive that the 3DC community knows that there has been VERY little succes for 3DFP in crowdfunding so make sure to do your due-dilligence before backing any crowdfunding campaign, 3DFP or not.

3DFP Roadtrip 2015 Series: PancakeBot Private Viewing

We ❤ PancakeBot!

If you’ve been following the digital cooking world as of late you should be more than aware of Miguel and his awesome PancakeBot, and  if you’re a backer of the Kickstarter campaign earlier in the year then you should be salivating right about now because the news just dropped that it will be shipping your way soon!

We couldn’t wait …

Of course we reached out to Miguel before our 3D Food Printing Roadtrip to see if he was even going to be in town and to co-ordinate.  We tried to make it work and time everything as good as we could, but it almost didn’t happen.  

On to San Diego…

We’d just cleaned up after getting our minds blown at the Culinary Lab and went to catch our breath and have a banana at a nearby Safeway parking lot when Luis looked at me and said “Should we call Miguel?” and after a little pros and cons of the traffic situation during rush hour around the Los Angeles area we each took a step back, simultaneously jumped in the air and high-fived while yelling YOLO! (It was a sight to be seen.. hopefully by nobody else.. ever…)  

We jumped back in the Camaro and hit the road…. as far as we could before our first stau (traffic jam) which took all of about 5 minutes to get stuck in.

After about 3+ hours (normally about a 1 hour trip) and memorizing Drake’s Hotline Bling (after the 65th play in that timeframe) we finally came to the almost-bottom of the west coast, San Diego, found PancakeBot HQ, hugs and handshakes with Miguel and family and then straight into a hardcore geeking out session about the PancakeBot.

Finally getting the chance to meet in-person the inspiration behind the food printing wonder, Lily (his daughter) and meeting the rest of Miguel’s beautiful and awesome family (HUGE shout out and THANK YOU to his wife Runi for having us over) Earlier in the year Luis and I had the opportunity for an exclusive first look at the PancakeBot when we had Miguel on our 3D Food Printing Experts of the World Video Interview Series, check out that interview here: 3DFP VI#3 – PancakeBot Creator Miguel Valenzuela

Thank you to the Valenzuelas

Thank you again to Runi, Miguel and the whole family for inviting and accepting us in as if we we’re one of them!

Jason + Luis

Peanut butter and Jelly Robot by Bistrobot

Is nice to walk around San Francisco and discover randomly new places. This time I got by fate the chance to try a peanut and butter jelly sandwich made by a Robot! The machine is created by Bistrobot. the Sandwich cost me 2$, and definitely made my day!

Peanut and Butter Jelly Robot by Bistrobot

A look to the inside!


Peanut and Butter Jelly Robot by Bistrobot

So how it works?? No better way to know than with a video. If you want to have your own check their locations for this robotic treat!