Designing Playful Interfaces in support of 3D Food Printing – Presented by Deb Polson, Design Lab, Queensland University of Technology

Designing Playful Interfaces in support of 3D Food Printing – Presented by Dr Deb Polson, Design Lab, Queensland University of Technology at the 3D Foodprinting Conference Asia-Pacific Edition, 2 May 2017, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

At the Queensland University of Technology we have created a virtual BioLab for you to access tools to create futuristic fruit based on actual plant development processes before sending it to a 3D Printer. Future Fruithas been made with game development tools and with a Design Fiction (DesFi) approach which involves visualising future scenarios to design and build testable prototypes inspired by  emerging scientific ideas and technological advancements. Using such interfaces and techniques we can potentially deliver vital nutrients to people living in remote locations or in places where certain deficiencies are identified.

About  Dr Deb Polson
Deb is a long-standing member of both the design industry and academy in the fields of game and simulation design, experimenting and innovating in the vibrant intersections of art, design, and science. Currently the Director of HUB Studio, an experimental lab at the School of Design, Queensland University of Technology.

About  Design Lab, Queensland University of Technology
Fostering transdisciplinary collaboration, the QUT Design Lab is a centre for bold, fresh, and rigorous design-led research that seeks to tackle our most pressing 21stcentury challenges. The QUT Design Lab offers an open, agile and permeable structure focused on value-driven research themes and four service-oriented research platforms.

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What, When, Where: The 3D Food Printing Conference Asia-Pacific Edition, May 02, 2017, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

The conference is supported by Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA).

Scope: As with every 3D printing application, there is a lot of hype going on with 3D Food printing. Statements like ‘a 3D Food Printer in every home in 2 years time’ can be heard all the time. Also many start-ups introduce 3D Food printers and people can already now eat 3D printed dinners in restaurants, as it happened during the 2016 European edition of the 3D Food Printing Conference. The reality is that a lot of research and development needs to be done. The promises however are huge, both for professional and consumer markets.

For red meat, 3D printing represents an exciting opportunity to add value to current secondary cuts, trims and by products by developing “meat ink”. Furthermore, in the aged care sector there is a demand for food that is easier to chew and 3D printing provides an opportunity for the red meat industry to offer high protein meals that can be presented in various shapes and sizes, more appetizing that the classical pureed food.

There is a need for creation new business models to meet the demands of different markets who want personalized approaches to nutrients or textures, rather than the current whole muscle product.

The 3D Food Printing Conference will tackle all aspects of these new market opportunities and challenges.

Focus topics:

  • 3D Printing Technology for Value-Added Red Meat
  • Food components: protein, carbohydrates, and fats
  • Custom Nutrition
  • Food Design
  • New value chains
  • Hardware developments
  • Software developments
  • Business models

The 3D Food Printing Conference offers the attendee a platform on the crossroads of science, technology; business in 3D Food Printing. Share knowledge, learn from other professionals and start networking.

Target: Meat producers & meat processing companies | Suppliers to the food industry | Agricultural industry | Hardware / software suppliers | Food research institutions | Regulatory bodies | Trendwatchers | Investors

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