Computer vision applications to monitor and calibrate extrusion-based 3D food printing

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3D food printing is an emerging technology that can customize food designs and produce personalized foods. Extrusion-based 3D food printing dispenses food filaments onto a platform, and the object is built layer by layer based on a digital design. The diversity of food materials made it challenging to control the extrusion flow, which often leads to over and under extrusion during printing. Computer vision (CV) offers automated and standardized methods to measure object distance and velocity. Here, we introduce applications of CV to monitor and calibrate 3D food printing.

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3D food printing – an emerging technology delivers novel insights in traditional food science

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The traditional production of foods based on solid open-cell foams is highly complex. Thereby, a creation of a bulk phase of complex polymer-particle systems, partly the inflation and material-depended gas holding capacity and its final stabilization to the open-cell foam shows this complexity. All these parameters influence the cellular structure of the food and its functionality in terms of texture. This texture appears as a sensory property and a multi-parameter attribute. Additive manufacturing enables a complete redesign of such traditional food processes and enables especially in a scientific point of view entirely new possibilities for the understanding of the current production of foods.

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FlaVR, a pitch from the University of Warwick

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FlaVR is a technology developed at the University of Warwick that allows recreating highly accurate real flavour experiences by delivering the precise combination of individual virtual flavour components (taste, aroma, mouthfeel) to a person’s mouth and nose. In fact, we have developed the ability to simulate, modify and replicate any smell, taste or flavour experience in a safe, controlled, and repeatable manner.

Because it is a simulation, our FlaVR system can also increase or decrease the strength of individual virtual flavour components, e.g. making it saltier, less astringent, etc., in a controlled and guided manner, with instant feedback on people’s (e.g. focus groups/tasters/product developers) new choice until they achieve a new preferred flavour/smell they enjoy and which is likely to be also enjoyed by other end consumers.

FlaVR also allows moving to different directions in the food flavour spectrum giving freedom to personalise the flavour of any 3D food printed, plant-based or any food & drink product in line or even beyond the well-known flavour preference trends. Once the simulated new preferred flavour has been chosen, the closest existing actual flavour can be identified and recreated by matching with the precisely chosen component quantities.

We believe this technology can help to improve the flavour of plant-based diets, 3D printed food as well as another type of healthy food which have high nutritional content but are not necessarily perceived as being “tasty”. In fact, FlaVR can support the personalisation of food & drink products.  Moreover, FlaVR will reduce product development timescales and improve the chance of a new food product succeeding in a target market by gathering flavour preference intelligence in a scientific, rapid and effective manner. The prospect of discovering novel flavours will open up exciting new commercial possibilities. Flavour tailored to specific local preferences is another potential benefit.

This technology will be pitched during one of the breaks of the conference.

Food and Pharma get personalized with 3D Printing! (VIDEO)

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according to Kjeld van Bommel, Senior Researcher at TNO during his interview for JakajimaTV hosted by Pieter Hermans. TNO has been active in the area of 3D Food and 3D Pharma Printing since 2011. Based on its combined knowledge and expertise on 3D printing as well as food and pharma, TNO has been able to help organisations to develop exciting new products and services.

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Mona Lisa, world’s first personalized 3D printed chocolate brand

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Mona Lisa, the global decoration brand of The Barry Callebaut Group is the first brand to launch personalized 3D printed chocolate at scale, made from Belgian chocolate. The move revolutionizes the world of chocolate craft by combining industry-leading production technology, bespoke design and Barry Callebaut’s chocolate expertise – allowing chefs to craft their own unique creations and reproduce them rapidly and affordably, no matter how intricate or specific the design.

Through the new Mona Lisa 3D Studio, chefs now have a world of new creative tools at their disposal. For the launch event, Mona Lisa teamed up with Jordi Roca – one of the world’s most creative pastry chefs – to help him unleash his creativity through a unique 3D piece made out of chocolate. His latest creation ‘Flor de Cacao’ represents a cocoa bean that opens up like a cacao flower through contact with hot chocolate sauce.

This new way of working with chocolate is going to take consumers by surprise, with previously unthinkable shapes produced at scale and with impressive precision. I’m usually inspired by the things I can’t do as they represent a creative challenge – but now, thanks to Mona Lisa 3D Studio, I can take my chocolate craftsmanship to the next level. I can imagine any new kind of design and it will come to life.

Pioneering on the chocolate market
Innovation is an important pillar of Barry Callebaut’s proven ‘smart growth’ strategy. I am delighted that the Mona Lisa 3D Studio allows chefs to create unique consumer experiences at scale. This technological breakthrough innovation positions the Mona Lisa brand at the forefront of the industry and strengthens Barry Callebaut’s global leadership in Decorations.

The Mona Lisa 3D Studio is equipped with innovative precision technology capable of printing thousands of pieces at a time while retaining a bespoke hand-made appearance. Chefs and customers can personalize a chocolate decoration with their own unique design, shape and size preferences, before a team of designers transform the product into a digital 3D prototype with samples. Once the prototype is approved, the final product can be quickly reproduced at scale. The creations can be used for desserts, confectionery, hot drinks and pastries. This service will be first available to chefs and hotels, coffee chains and restaurant establishments in specific European countries. The first customer of the Mona Lisa 3D Studio is Van der Valk, a leading hotel chain in the Netherlands.

Empowering brands and chefs to stay ahead of trends with unseen chocolate creations

Millennials and centennials want to celebrate life with new experiences and stories. In this context, food aesthetics are increasingly important. A recent Barry Callebaut research study showed that 70% of consumers want to try new and exciting chocolate experiences – and 6 out of 10 want to share it on social media. 3D printing is addressing consumer desires by pushing the boundaries of what’s possible aesthetically. With the new technology, chefs can develop unseen and unique creations and expand their craftsmanship while working with Belgian chocolate.

Towards personalized nutrition with 3D food printing

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Presented by Mathijs de Schipper, Research Scientist / Innovator at TNO.

3D Food Printing is a promising new technology that offers great possibilities for the creation of improved or new food products and an disruptive food supply chain. Ultimately, this technology may provide a decentralized food manufacturing for fully personalized food products.
This presentation will discuss the state of the art of foodprinting technology at TNO and WFBR (Wageningen Food & Biobased Research) and the use case of making personalized food for the Dutch Ministry of Defense.

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The First 3D Printing Restaurant In The World

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The First 3D Printing Restaurant In The World

3D printing has become the 21st century’s new manufacturing tool and is regularly applied in industries such as aerospace, automotive, fashion and healthcare, but in the last few years it has also made its way into professional kitchens. FOODINK is one key example of a company pioneering the use of food 3D printing and its founder, Antony Dobrzensky, believes the technology is an unstoppable force for the food industry. Continue reading “The First 3D Printing Restaurant In The World”