3D kitchen printer 3D cookies

Experiments of 3D food printing

You press the button and the 3D food printer will extrude the pasty substance in the desired three-dimensional shape. We have performed practical experiments for 3D food printing with byFlow to better understand the steps for 3D food manufacturing. This new kind of three-dimensional food printing can help us to improve our future projects for the design and the development of plant based ingredients, for example fabricating cookies with the algae Spirulina. Spirulina algae and Chlorella algae provide high nutritional value of fibers, phytonutrients, minerals and vitamins.

Manufacturing of green 3D cookies

This new methods of manufacturing of 3D cookies is a computer-aided process. At first you  have to create your design in a computer aided design (CAD)-program. The CAD model generated needs to be converted into the right file format (usually stl or gcode) and verified in the relevant printer’s software. So, there are some steps you have to master before you will get to your three-dimensional shape. Choose a 3D modeling software that is targeting to your project. Select the right materials and substances that you want to 3D print. In general for 3D food printing, substances that are elastic-viscous and pasty can be used like pureed rice, avocados etc.

We have used an arbitrary pasty substance that can easily be extruded though a nozzle to the built plate. Creating new 3D shapes and develop new products with a 3D food printer is quite exciting. Certainly, there are a lot of other reasons to apply 3D food printing. The flexibility in the design of food and the variation of the ingredients are certainly one of the great advantages.