Pectin gel: a promising edible ink for the 3D printing of food with desired properties – Presented by Valérie Vancauwenberghe, KU Leuven, MeBioS division

Pectin gel: a promising edible ink for the 3D printing of food with desired properties – Presented by Valérie Vancauwenberghe, KU Leuven, MeBioS division at the 3D Foodprinting Conference Asia-Pacific Edition, 2 May 2017, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

Pectin is a complex and structurally diverse group of polymers widely used in jelly, jam or low-calorie products. In this presentation we show that low methoxylated (LM) pectin gel is a suitable food ink for 3-D printing offering variable textural and structural properties depending on the formulation of the ink and the incorporation of air bubbles. Micro-tomography offers the possibilities to analyze the structure and printing accuracy of designed porous objects. Further, we will show the potential to control the texture properties of pectin gel by co-axial extrusion printing.

About Valérie Vancauwenberghe
Valérie graduated as M. Sc. in chemical and material engineering, Free University of Brussels (ULB), Belgium. Since November 2014, she works as PhD student at KU Leuven in MebioS division. The objective of her project is to develop new methods and materials to print food object having desired properties.

About KU Leuven, MeBioS division 
MeBios investigates the interaction between biological systems and physical processes. The emphasis is on the measurement of properties of biological products and process variables, the analysis of the measured signals by means of advanced statistical methods, process and equipment design, optimization and control.  Mathematical models to describe the working principles of biological systems at different spatial and temporal scales is essential for this purpose.

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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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