Generative design shows how you can directly design the toolpath for your 3D food printer

On May 24, 2016, the 2nd edition of the 3D Printing Design & Engineering Conference, at Designhuis, in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, will bring together designers and engineers to debate and discuss the design challenges from different perspectives using 3D Printing.

Insights into the speakers’ presentations:

  • Mathijs de Schipper, Scientist Additive Manufacturing, TNO, about “Generative design for additive manufacturing”:

“Designing smart structures and utilizing the full potential of additive manufacturing requires a new design approach. Using algorithms complex structures can be generated with for example varying thickness resulting a range of material hardness. I will show you my approach towards designing an insole with multiple material properties using Grasshopper.

Working with new materials sometimes requires more control over your printing process. Instead of slicing a 3D object resulting in a file for your printer you can also directly design the toolpath for your printer. For 3D foodprinting we use this approach to create complex textured food. Using a generative design approach you can directly go from design to printing.”

  • Ruud van den Muijzenberg, European Community Manager, Shapeways, about “Lowering the barrier: design & engineering for everyone”:

“3D designing currently still is a time consuming process which often requires complex and expensive software. We realized most people don’t have the knowledge of, or don’t have the access to these tools. How can you enable those consumers to make unique products that fit better in their lives than mass manufacturing can deliver?”

  • Dr. Kristian Arntz, Head of department Laser Materials Processing at Fraunhofer IPT /
    Managing Partner at ACAM Aachen Center for Additive Manufacturing GmbH, about “Connected Adaptive Production – From design to final parts. How CAx Integration can connect Conventional and Additive Manufacturing”:

“Additive Manufacturing becomes an industrial technology nowadays. What started as a rapid prototyping technology then became a media and hobby manufacturers hype finally approaches the factories of the world. While processes, material availability and productivity are getting adult, a crucial lack remains unsolved: realizing integrated IT infrastructures in order to bring together conventional and additive manufacturing. It is not only a question of data formats that has to be solved – it is about connected, adaptive process chains which are needed in future facilities. The presentation will showcase actual developments and applications of Industrie 4.0 following the idea of “Connected, Adaptive Production”

We invite you to take a look at the program of the conference for more information about the speakers and their presentations.

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2 Replies to “Generative design shows how you can directly design the toolpath for your 3D food printer”

  1. This is definitely still a challenge. Even though 3d printing has come a long way, it still seems to be out of the reach of most “consumers.” I would imagine this is even more true for 3d printing food. This looks to be a very interesting conference. We are a new 3d printing company here in the U.S. and would love to come, but maybe a little to far for us. Do you think there will be any replay or videos put out after the fact? You can check our company out here: We’re always striving to push the boundaries within our little world of 3d printing and manufacturing.

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