“3D printing candy with desired texture according to personal dietary requirements using pectin gel” – Presented by Valérie Vancauwenberghe, KU Leuven

Pectin is a complex and structurally diverse group of polymers widely used in jelly, jam or low-calorie products. This study demonstrated that low methoxylated (LM) pectin gel is a suitable material for 3-D printing. Moreover, variable properties can be obtained by varying the gel formulation such as pectin or sugar syrup concentrations. Air bubbles can also be trapped and stabilized with surfactant protein in order to provide particular porosity which may provide subtle texture properties. This promising edible ink would give the opportunity to future customers to design in 3-D their candy with desired texture according to their personal dietary requirements.

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“Message in a Cake” paste extruder 3D prints custom images right into your dessert (Video)

3D food printing is one of the most fun and accessible consumer applications of 3D printing technology—whether for creating custom branded 3D printed lollipops, or for pushing the limits of culinary innovation, there are tons of opportunities to explore. One of the most recent and creative examples is Daniel Wilkens’ ‘Message in a Cake’ 3D paste extruder, which has the ability to 3D print custom images or messages directly into a cake using a specially-created batter, meaning you only see the image once the first delicious slice has been cut. 3Ders.org spoke with Wilkens to find out his design concept as well as the 3D printing process behind creating your own Message in a Cake. Continue reading ““Message in a Cake” paste extruder 3D prints custom images right into your dessert (Video)”