FDBusiness.com

Printer produces personalised 3D chocolate

 Breaking News
  • Coca-Cola to Acquire Minority Stake in Sports Performance Brand Coca-Cola is taking a minority ownership stake in BODYARMOR, a fast-growing line of premium sports performance and hydration beverages. Through this strategic relationship, BODYARMOR will remain an independent company and gain access to the expansive Coca-Cola bottling and distribution system. The initial investment, which will be part of the Coca-Cola North America Venturing & Emerging Brands [...]...
  • UK Restaurants Toil in Summer Heat, While Pubs Make Hay July’s heatwave was good news for Britain’s pubs but heaped more pressure on the country’s restaurant chains, latest figures from the Coffer Peach Business Tracker show. Managed pub and bar groups saw collective like-for-like sales rise 2.7% against last July, while sales across restaurant groups plummeted, down a substantial 4.8% in like-for-like trading. Overall, the differing [...]...
  • Protein Solution Cuts Cream Cheese-making Process From 20 Hours to Just 30 Minutes Arla Foods Ingredients is launching one of the world’s fastest cream cheese manufacturing processes. Traditionally, cream cheese-making is a complex procedure that can take up to 20 hours and generates significant amounts of acid whey meaning it is inefficient, expensive and occupies valuable space on the production line. But thanks to a new whey protein ingredient [...]...
  • Qualvis Creates Distinctive Packaging For Thomas Fudge’s Rebrand Leading carton manufacturer, Qualvis, has recently produced a full packaging rebrand for artisan baker, Thomas Fudge’s. Covering their full sweet and savoury biscuit line-up of 7 packs, together with a new range of flatbreads, the packaging includes a fresh logo design and updated illustrations featuring beautiful, bold and colourful graphics by design agency, Big Fish. With [...]...
  • Valeo Foods Acquires Tangerine Confectionery For £100 Million Valeo Foods Group, the acquisitive Irish and international food business, is reported to have purchased Tangerine Confectionery of the UK for £100 million (€112 million) from Blackstone Group. The deal adds popular UK confectionery brands such as Dip Dab, Fruit Salad and Blackjack to Valeo Foods Group’s growing portfolio, and will increase annual turnover to [...]...

Printer produces personalised 3D chocolate

June 29
15:23 2011

Chocolate lovers may soon be able to print their own 3D creations thanks to work by UK scientists.

A 3D printer that uses chocolate has been developed by University of Exeter researchers – and it prints layers of chocolate instead of ink or plastic.

Although still a prototype, several retailers have already expressed interest in taking on the device.

3D printing using plastic and metal is already widely used in industry to speed up design work.

Lead scientist Dr Liang Hao told BBC News that chocolate printing, just like any other 3D printing technique, starts with a flat cross-section image – similar to that produced by ordinary printers turning out images.

“And then you do a 3D shape – layer by layer, printing chocolate instead of ink, like if you were layering 2D paper to form a 3D shape,” he said.

Once a layer is completed, it solidifies, and the machine moves on to the next layer.

Shape and taste
 
There have been other attempts to develop so-called “food printers” – in 2010, researchers from Cornell University in the US used liquefied foods as inks in a specially designed machine.

Dr Richard Hague from Loughborough University told BBC News that the Exeter creation is a step towards manufacturing a device able to print flawless 3D objects that taste good.

 
The machine builds up objects layer by layer Getting the printing process right involves careful control of key parameters, such as temperature.

Once the prototype becomes a finished product, it may find a role in the restaurant and food preparation industry.

And some companies are already expressing interest.

“Obviously, it’s chocolate, so it is hugely appealing,” said Joanna Grant from UK online gift retailer findmeagift.co.uk.

But what is even more appealing, she added, is that customers will be able to design any object on a computer before hitting the print button.

“We could do things like 3D faces, for instance – the possibilities are enormous on a commercial aspect.”

Social networks
 
Besides producing 3D chocolate, Dr Hao’s team wants to go a step further – and take their printer into cyberspace.

He said the next step would be creating a chocolate-oriented website.

“Now we have an opportunity to combine chocolate with digital technology, including the design, digital manufacturing and social networking.

“Chocolate has a lot of social purpose, so our intention is to develop a community and share the designs, ideas and experience about it.”

About Author

colin

colin

Related Articles



Food & Drink Business Conference & Exhibition 2016

Upcoming Events

  • September 5, 2018Int'l Food Products and Processing Technologies Exhibition (WorldFood Istanbul)
  • September 12, 2018Packaging Innovations & Luxury Packaging London 2018
  • September 15, 2018iba
  • September 25, 2018PPMA Show 2018
AEC v1.0.4

find food jobs

The Magazine

F&D Business Preferred Suppliers

New Subscriber





Subscribe Here



Advertisements