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Posted: May 26, 2014
3D printing + molecular gastronomy = 3D printed 'fruit'
(Nanowerk News) UK company Dovetailed announced the launch of their new 3D fruit printer, a device that creates 3D fruits in a matter of seconds.
The printer uses a molecular-gastronomy technique called spherification. By combining individual liquid droplets with different flavours into a desired shape, it allows the creation of interesting bespoke fruits.
A freshly 3D printed, strawberry-flavoured "raspberry".
The 3D printer is aimed at chefs, foodies and anyone interested in making creative dining experiences. No specialist knowledge of cuisine or molecular-gastronomy is required, to rapidly create fresh and organic 3D fruits on demand.
The 3D fruit printer is being revealed on 24th of May at a Tech Food Hack – an experimental dining hackathon event in Cambridge UK, where a small group of foodies, hackers and designers are coming together to re-think and make new dining experiences. The event is co-organised by Dovetailed and Microsoft Research Cambridge.
Vaiva Kalnikaité, Creative Director and Founder of Dovetailed, says: “We have been thinking of making this for a while. It’s such an exciting time for us as an innovation lab. Our 3D fruit printer will open up new possibilities not only to professional chefs but also to our home kitchens – allowing us to enhance and expand our dining experiences. We have re-invented the concept of fresh fruit on demand.”
Gabriel Villar, Chief Inventor at Dovetailed, adds: “With our novel printing technique, you can not only re-create existing fruits, but also invent your own creations. The taste, texture, size and shape of the fruit can all be customised.”