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This weekend, Cambridge firm Dovetailed unveiled its unique approach to 3D food printing. Using the molecular gastronomic technique of spherification, the firm is developing a method for 3D fruit printing that has the potential to change the way that food printing is looked at entirely.
At Tech Food Hack on May 24, “an experimental dining hackathon” organized by Dovetailed and Microsoft Research Cambridge, the firm showed off their spherification printer capable of 3D printing liquid drops of different flavors into a predetermined shape for the “creation of interesting bespoke fruits.” Spherification works by taking a liquid, combining it with a sodium rich gel, like sodium alginate, and introducing it to a cold solution of calcium chloride. This results in the formation of a delicate skin around the liquid, containing it in a sphere-shape. To better understand new concepts like spherification, it always helps me to watch a video.
Chief Inventor at Dovetailed, Gabriel Villar, adds: “With our novel printing technique, you can not only recreate existing fruits, but also invent your own creations. The taste, texture, size and shape of the fruit can all be customized.”
The company behind the project is called Biozoon Smoothfood. It's using liquified ingredients—vegetables, carbs, meat, etc.—in the place of the ink or PLA that a 3D printer would normally use. Ingredients are inserted into the cartridges of the printer, and with the help of a binding agent, they come out as food that pretty much melts in your mouth. For now they're making six foods: cauliflower, peas, chicken, pork, potatoes, and pasta. But more food is on the menu for the future.
originally posted by: Swills
a reply to: abe froman
I'm not the biggest Star Trek nerd, although I have seen just about every episode of Star Trek Next Generation, but Captain Kirk didn't have replicators, Captain Picard did.
That said, this 3 D printing isn't at all like a replicator that seems to create food out of thin air.