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Peering into Your Pantry’s Future: How About a Healthy 3D Printed Snack With Some Crunch?

by • May 4, 2016 • No Comments

download (12)Have you at any time noticed, whether you are attending class or at work, which suddenly food becomes of great interest—actually additional than usual? Oatmeal cookies appear so attractive you’d in fact pay for one of a bake sale or a vending machine, and at work, there may be a fight to the death after the hungry herd hustles into the breakroom to grab which last flaky sausage biscuit or chocolate glazed doughnut. In my job, it’s a rush to grab the assignments of food, and at 3DPrint.com, which may most frequently be new technologies for 3D printing with food—frequently items like chocolate, varieties of attractive confections, and actually pancakes in your own image.

id43293Of course, in the latest study, scientific researchers are working to take all the fun out this for us and manufacture healthy 3D printed food. They may most likely agree in addition which I should be typing this article in workout gear, perspiring of my walking desk as well. All joking (and calories) aside yet, at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd., they aim to 3D print foods which taste great, are great for you, and have a tantalizing texture as well. Bringing material science into the picture, unquestionably a focus in working with the additional challenging aspects of extruding things like food, the researchers are striving to manufacture fun snacks which may one day be 3D printed and discovered in which vending machine you tend to lurk around on break. And with their thoughts regarding great nutrition, you may not have to feel guilty of your purchases either.

The team involved sees all the benefits of 3D printing coming forth here with the element of one-of-a-kind creations, customized products, and self production.


Dr. Nesli Sözer

Nesli Sözer is the principal scientist at VTT, and she explains (see the video below) really correctly which already when it comes to the food category, 3D printing is reserved for detailed decorations with icing, as well as the extruding of chocolate and materials for candy. They see this being transferred to most new items in the next, and while the emphasis is on nutrition, they see one-of-a-kind textures as offering the necessary appeal for consumers currently with talked about items like crisps and gel-like substances to allow for what Sözer and her team refer to as informative ‘mouthfeels.’ This may in addition include via 3D printing to turn it into futuristic foods with creamy and soft centers, crispy mix-ins, and toppings which are crunchy such as those most of enjoy for acccentuating our healthy salads.

“Howat any time, a great deal of work is needed in order to proceed to industrial-scale production. Equipment needs to be created in addition to materials. Such equipment may be created for domestic 3D food printing as well as vending machines,” says Sözer.

The work of Sözer and her team is a Tekes-funded project. They are in addition partnering with the Aalto University in pioneering new ways to fabricate new foods and textures which are realistic for the consumer market. The researchers are working to turn it into new mixes of ingredients which flow easily for 3D printing practices, are amazing and high-tech—and most of all, low-cost.


The goal is for their results to be utilized in Finland in a variety of industries of food and ingredient processing to the building of equipment, and createing of related software and online services. This is a comprehensive research and createment project, and shows a real dedication for translating all the benefits of 3D printing to the food industry in a additional in-depth way than we are already seeing—not which we find anything at all wrong with fluffy icing or pancakes. But a well-rounded menu, to include healthy 3D printed snacks we can find while on the go, can pretty be welcomed by most.

So far, the 3D printing materials the VTT team has been experimenting with are both starch and cellulose-based. The team is already in addition working to create other concentrates of oat and fava beans, as well as whey. Do you find their thought of the food of the next to be attractive? Discuss in the Finland Researchers 3D Printing Food forum over at 3DPB.com.

[Source: Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT); News Medical]