Foodini Is A 3D Printer That Lets You Print Dishes With Fresh Ingredients

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Foodini Is A 3D Printer That Lets You Print Dishes With Fresh Ingredients

Foodiniis a 3D printer for foodstuffs. Its Florida-based makers are hoping their time-saving device becomes as ubiquitous on kitchen countertops as the microwave oven has become.

But instead of forcing people to rely on highly processed convenience food thats larded with additives and unhealthy levels of salt, as microwave meals generally are, they want Foodini to get more people cooking with fresh ingredients, rather than reaching for that pre-processed packet.

The Foodini 3D printer automates some of the cooking preparation process, by for instance, printing out individual ravioli instead of the cook having to make the dough and fill and assemble each individual piece themselves. Its not replacing all the preparation required to make the meal, but its likely going to speed up aspects of food preparation (without necessarily sacrificing the freshness of the ingredients being used).

Currently the Foodini is at the prototype stage, with maker Natural Machines taking to Kickstarter to raise $100,000 to get the device to market. At the time of writing theyve raised just under $30,000 with 29 days left of the campaign to run so things are looking good on the funding momentum front.

How does Foodini differ to other food-focused 3D printers? The big difference is users arent required to use only pre-filled food capsules.

The machine uses open capsules that users load up with foodstuffs of their choice. Its not entirely a free-for-all of course. Food has to be of the right texture to print so it can be squeezed through the Foodinis pipes. Ergo, that means youre going to need to prepare those fresh chickpeas/chicken by blending into a nutrient slurry first. Yummy!

The machine can also print both savory and sweet dishes, so isnt limited to just printing sugary candies as some 3D printers are.

The range of foodstuffs Foodinis makers have managed to print thus far include the likes of ravioli, pizza, burgers, crackers, cookies and elaborate chocolate vases. Edible plate decorations are another option and the decorative potential of the device is something Natural Machines is hoping will interest restaurants and food businesses.

They also say they are considering working with retailers who could prepare pre-packaged food capsules fresh in-store as an added convenience for consumers who cant be bothered getting food to the right blended consistency to work in the device. (Getting retailers to do that without larding the capsules with the sorts of additives that might be required to ensure the prepared food remains the right consistency to squeeze through the printers pipes may well be a challenge, though. And if additives end up going in, the food thats being piped out isnt going to be quite so fresh.)

The print time per dish apparently varies depending on factors such as its complexity and the number of ingredients it contains (the Foodini is being designed to hold up to five food capsules at a time). Flatter food types can take a couple of minutes to print, while intricate chocolate sculptures can take 20 minutes, says Natural Machines on anFAQon its website.

Food can be printed and eaten straight away if its consumable raw or the ingredients has been pre-cooked. Or, if required, printed items can be cooked post-print before consumption.

The Foodini has a touchscreen on the front where users select the recipe they want to print, and then load in the ingredients and hit print. They will also be able to configure things like the shapes being printed, and the print layout.

Natural Machines says its also building a website for Foodini where users will be able to browse through recipes. And its planning to release APIs so third-party developers can customise recipe applications.

How much is Foodini going to cost? Early bird Kickstarter backers are being offered it at $999. Once all those pledges have gone, its going to rise to $1,200. Estimated ship times for those pledge levels are January 2015 but if you really cant wait to wrap your taste buds around this paste-based future, then a $2,000 pledge will put you first in line to get a Foodini with an estimated ship date of next October.

Foodini is the first 3D food printer to print all types of real, fresh, nutritious foods, from savory to sweet. Designed for home and professional kitchens, Foodini comes with empty food capsules. You prepare and place fresh, real ingredients in Foodini. No fake food. No being forced to buy pre-filled food capsules. Made with fresh ingredients, this is real food… 3D printed.

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Make cookies in any shape you like with XYZPrintings first Food Printer

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XYZPrinting debuts at CES 2015 its first Food Printer, a 3D printer that can print out food items, such as cookies or cake decos. All you have to do is bake the printed object and enjoy it.

LAS VEGAS — Soon well be able to be very creative with our cooking, all thanks to the new 3D Food Printer from XYZprinting.

The company demoed the machine today at CES 2015 and I found it quite…delicious.

Basically this is a 3D printer, just like theDa Vinci AiO 1.0that I reviewed a while ago. However, instead turning plastic into 3D objects, the Food Printer turns ingredients into uncooked food. The ingredients can be chocolate or dough or a combination of solid items and the results, for now, will be cookies, or decorations for cakes. You then do need to bake the printed items before you can consume them, however.

Just like a 3D printer, the Food Printer can create various 3D shapes for common food items. XYZPrinting says it has worked with a food specialist, and created a proprietary recipe that can be used in single- or triple-material versions. The machine has an onscreen touch display that lets users select a preset design for the shape of the food. Users can also import designs from the Web or use a USB drive to upload their own designs.

During the demo, the machine printed a variety of decorations on bread and each took just about few minutes to finish. I also tried the 3D-printed cookies (already baked) and they were better than those I made myself. No surprises there.

The Food Printer shares the same XYZWare software as the Da Vinci 3D printer and can also handle the same 3D model files. This means you can really make cookies in countless shapes thanks to the amount of 3D models available online.

The XYZPrinting Food Printer is slated to be available in the second quarter of 2015. Its pricing is currently not available, but will likely be in the vicinity of $2000. The price for its consumables is also not available at this time. Check back later in the year for the full review. Personally, I cant wait to make my own dragon cookies.

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D Food Printing Market

3D food printing is designing and providing 3D shapes to the food ingredients and also maintaining structure, texture and taste of the ingredients. 3D food printing is bringing 3 dimensional digital design into real world object which is edible. 3D food printing is healthy and good for environment as it converts proteins from algae, beet leaves or insects into tasty products. One of the most important benefit of 3D printing is that it provides door for food customization according to the preferences and needs of individual. 3D food printing gives rise to new flavors, textures and shapes to provide new and unique eating experiences. 3D food printing is done by machines called 3D printers. 3D printed foods have to please the eyes and mind both at the same time. Even NASA is now looking for ways to 3D print food in space.

Global 3D Food Printing Market Dynamics:

The market of global 3D food printing is anticipated to be driven by increasing market need for mass customization, ability of 3D printers to prepare food which is convenient and time saving, customization of nutrients required by an individual in their food products, getting the benefit of alternative ingredients and others. Now a days all the microwave made pancakes which are available in Netherlands are printed. As the world is getting more self-centered they are going for more customization and so their food. Market need for mass customization is increasing and is going for different shapes, colors, flavors, nutrition and textures. This customization is done mainly on food products like coffee, hamburgers, ice cream, cake, biscuits, confectionary and others. Technology is also one of the driving force behind 3D food printing market. With the enhancement in technology came up micro oven in every home and now 3D food printing machine is coming up. The market of global 3D food printing is anticipated to have restraints too. Many of the ingredients which are used for 3D printing are converted to paste. There are limited food which can be made into paste. 3D food printing is also a slow process which requires cooling many a times before the food can be consumed. Necessity of 3D food printing is that it can overcome the trend of prevailing food customization techniques which is less effective and at the same time its manufacturing cost is high.

Global 3D Food Printing Market Segmentation:

The global 3D food printing market is segmented on the basis of application, ingredients and region. 3D printed foods are applied and used to make modern food designs which gives pleasure to eyes before it can be consumed. Another application of 3D printed food is that it serves food for the elderly, for instance, 3D printed carrots are easy to chew and also easy to swallow. Few other applications are domestic cooking, catering services, personalized chocolates and homogeneous snacks. Product types where 3D printing is used are bakery products coffees, ice creams, confectionary and others. Among the product type confectionary segment is expected to grow at a faster CAGR over the forecast period. As chocolate, confectionary products are very popular among the children and it also attract elderly people. Edible ingredients can be segmented into dough, fruits & vegetable, proteins, sauce, dairy products, sugar, carbohydrates, yard, algae and others.

Global 3D Food Printing Market Regional Outlook:

Geographically, the global 3D food printing market can be divided by major regions which include North America, Latin America, Western and Eastern Europe, Asia-Pacific region, Japan, Middle East and Africa. Europe is the market leader in 3D food printing. In Netherlands all the microwave pancakes which are available in supermarkets are printed. In Spain, Natural Machines tried to bring the 3D food printing technology into the household. U.S. is also engaged in 3D food printing because there 3D printer maker 3D Systems along with Culinary Institute of America are setting many projects.

Global 3D Food Printing Market Key Players:

The major player identified across the value chain for global 3D food printing market are TNO (innovation for life), Philips, Electrolux, Barilla, Nestle, NASA, Hersheys, Modern Meadow, Choc Edge, 3D Systems, Natural Machines, ZMorph, Fab@Home.

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The US Army wants to 3d-print customized food for soldiers

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The US Army wants to 3d-print customized food for soldiers

The military wants to customize nutrition for each soldier in the next few decades, and its betting on 3-d printers to do it.

Food could be printed with the exact requirement a warfighter needs, says Lauren Oleksyk, a food technologist at the US Armys Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center. Oleksyk and her fellow Natick researchers are in the early stages of a concept that could deliver food tailored for each soldier, possibly debuting on the battlefield within the next 10 to 15 years.

By 2025, soldiers will likely be wearing a device to measure their physiological or nutritional status. The wearable may be inside the experimentalIron Man suitor something else, but the idea is that it would send personal data back about the soldier.

Once the data reaches back to a base camp or field kitchen, it might show a soldier hasnt eaten enough protein today, or that theyve been awake for quite a while and could use some extra caffeine. This is where the 3-d printer works its magic.

Unlike the Armys ready-to-eat meals, a 3-d printer could create a chocolate bar or drink powder designed to help each individual soldier perform at their best. A muscular soldier, for example, probably has different caloric requirements than a skinny one.

With todays 3-d printers, something simple like a protein bar with peanut butter filling covered in chocolate can be made in about 30 minutes. But Oleksyk wouldnt be surprised if the time it takes comes down substantially, as the technology continues to improve.

Its exponential how much faster printers are getting year over year, she said.

Natick is still early in its research, but it has printed some basic food components. And the organization isnt alone in using the futuristic printers for food. Others havebeen able to make everythingfrom candies and dog treats to cake toppers.

But will they ever be able to print more complex items like pizza?

The answer is definitely yes. Dough, sauce, and cheese are all very easy to print, Oleksyk said.

Each component of pizza is fairly printable.

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3D Food Printing Masterclass by Top Chef Jan Smink and byFlow

Below you can see the details of the  Exclusive Masterclass 3D Food Printing that took place during the 3D Food Printing Conference, on June 28, 2017, at Villa Flora, Venlo, The Netherlands.

Together with Top Chef Jan Smink, byFlow would like to invite you to an Exclusive Masterclass 3D Food Printing during the 3D Food Printing Conference in Villa Flora (Venlo). Jan Smink is nr. 11 at Bocuse dOr 2017 and cooks at ***Michelin restaurant De Librije.

With the world population set to reach 8 billion by 2024, the challenge is on to feed the world in a sustainable, safe and healthy manner. When we add to this the increased role of technology in society, and millennial consumers demanding ever more nutritions, personalised & traceable food, the need for the food & technology industry to respond becomes even bigger. One of the expected solutions that will contribute to solving these problems is 3D Food Printing.

3D Printing in general is hot but not new, it already exists for more than 30 years. It is known as a disruptive production technology in many markets like the Automotive industry, in Aerospace and Healthcare. Since a few years, 3D Food Printing has been researched and is now expected to become a disruptive (industrial) cooking technique, already used by Top Chefs, Catering companies and Multinationals in the food industry.

byFlow is a Dutch company specialised in 3D Printing since 2009 and the expert in the field of 3D Food Printing. At byFlow, we believe we can change the way people make and experience food. In 2015 byFlow developed a 3D Food Printer named the Focus, that quickly entered the Food Industry. In this industry byFlow is a partner for leading Multinationals to find solutions for their specific 3D Food Printing needs and challenges.

With the Focus 3D Food Printer, byFlow empowers you to create new shapes, textures and tastes. During this Exclusive Masterclass Top Chef Jan Smink and team byFlow will show you the workflow of 3D Food Printing. While preparing a 3D Printed menu on Michelin Star level, we will show you how to make 3D Designs and talk about how to make a sustainable business out of 3D Food Printing. Because of the informal setting, there is enough opportunity to network with other executives to get a view on 3D Food Printing possibilities in your own business.

When: Wednesday 28 June 2017, 17.30h 19.30h

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Crafting the 3D-printed meals of the future

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Could 3D printers one day sit in our kitchens alongside the Mixmaster and Thermomix?Blueprint for Livingtakes a look at the future of 3D-printed food and finds the technology may be particularly useful for the elderly.

There is something of a special alchemy about taking a recipe, carefully measuring the ingredients and preparing a meal from scratch. But what if the food of the future comes via a 3D printer, with our individual dietary needs and taste buds taken into account?

For scientists working in this rapidly expanding field, the future of 3D food is already here. There are ongoing trials involving 3D-printed pasta, chocolates, biscuits and even entire meals.

Dr Kjeld van Bommel is a research scientist with TNO, the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research, and for the past five years he has been working at the forefront of the new technology.

Among his projects is EU-funded research which aims to create 3D-printed vegetables and meat from puree for elderly patients in nursing homes.

Its a very specific group of elderly people, people that are suffering from a condition thats called dysphagia, which means that they cannot chew and swallow regular foods, he says.

What they get at the moment is sort of baby foodthey have a plate of food and it has a blob of potato puree, a blob of carrot puree and a blob of salmon puree, and it doesnt look very appetising and thats the problem.

These people already have problems eating, they see this not very attractive food, and they get malnourished.

Van Bommel says that while you need food to print foodraw ingredients in the case of printed biscuits or melted chocolate for printed chocolatethere is an additional benefit to printing purees. Ingredients can be added to ensure that each portion fits the dietary needs of each patient, with customisable levels of fat, vitamins, minerals and protein.

You tell the printer to mix the ingredients in different ratios and every portion is then sent to the printer and different products come out with different compositions, van Bommel explains, and thats something that regular technology cannot really do.

As well as nursing home application, more fanciful food printing projects are under way.

Together with Dutch Michelin-starred chef Wouter van Laarhoven and food designer Marijn Roovers, the TNO scientists have developed a dessert of printed chocolate. Its a globe with the three main cocoa producing continents depicted in gold on the outside.

Its not just top chefs that are taking note, however. Big food companies are as well.

Barilla [the pasta company] would like to place these kind of printers, for example, in a restaurant setting, where people can order plates of pasta, maybe design it themselves, maybe theyll tweak the composition, add gluten-free, vegetable pasta etcetera, and then print a plate of pasta live in front of them, says van Bommel.

People would be willing to pay more for that than just a regular box of pasta.

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At the start of Barillas 3D printing project four years ago, one piece of uncooked pasta took 15 minutes to print. Today that has improved to four pieces in a couple of minutes. Although the technology still has a way to go until it can be employed commercially, van Bommel is confident is has a strong future.

According to the Dutch scientist, the next frontier for the technology is being able to replicate the texture of the food, so when you chew the food ideally it would taste like a real carrot, or it would be the most crispy cookie that youve ever had.

Thats the research that were going into now. Can we make something creamy, juicy, crispy, things like that? Nobody knows how to do that with 3D printing yet.

Van Bommel, however, admits the technology still has a way to go before it becomes a mainstay in peoples kitchens.

I think home printers will be created in the future but then they have to be able to do a variety of things they should be able to do pasta, cookies, chocolate and maybe three or four other things.

Otherwise, if you use it once a week it will become the next bread making machine. It will end up in the attic after a couple of years, and thats not what we would like.

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Global Tech Giants to Lead the Industry 40 Revolution

The Industry 4.0 market is forecasted to reachby 2030, dominated by global technology giants including Alphabet-Google, HP, Samsung, IBM, NEC, Microsoft, and more. According to the new 4-volume report byGlobal Industry 4.0 Market & Technologies 2018-2023, the Industry 4.0 market will reach

The Industry 4.0 market race is led by the global tech giants that invest billions of dollars in Industry 4.0 products R&D, M&A, commercialization and internal use. Furthermore, these companies have acquired smaller technology companies, especially in the AI sector, to strengthen their industry 4.0 capabilities.

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With 640 pages, 120 tables and 150 figures, this 4-volume report covers 10 industries, 10 technologies, 4 revenue sources, 5 regional markets and 22 national markets, offering for each of the 188 submarkets a detailed 2016-2017 market size and 2018-2023 forecasts and analyses.

Industry 4.0 holds immense potential. Smart factories allow individual customer requirements to be met, meaning that even one-off items can be manufactured profitably. In Industry 4.0, dynamic business and engineering processes allow last-minute changes to production and deliver the ability to respond flexibly to disruptions and failures on behalf of suppliers.

End-to-end transparency is provided over the manufacturing process, facilitating optimized decision-making. Industry 4.0 will also result in new ways of creating value and novel business models. It will provide start-ups and SMEs with the opportunity to develop and provide downstream services.

The Industry 4.0 competition is not only about technology or offering the best products; it is also, and in particular, about the companies that collect the appropriate data, combine it to provide the best digital services, and utilize it for their own benefit. Those who know what the customer wants, and can forecast consumer demand, will provide the information to develop an unfair competitive advantage.

The major winners might be those that control Industry 4.0 Platforms, software layers that syndicate various devices, information and services, on top of which other firms can build their own offerings.

According to the report, the Industry 4.0 revolution will be driven by an ensemble of emerging technologies, such as Industrial Internet of Things (Industrial IoT), Big Data analytics, advanced industrial robots, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and predictive maintenance. In the next decades, businesses, led by the giant tech companies, will establish global networks that incorporate their machinery, warehousing systems, and production facilities in the shape of cyber-physical systems that can be managed in real time. These extremely flexible value networks will require new forms of collaboration between companies, both nationally and globally.

The Industry 4.0 market data is analyzed via 5 key perspectives:

With a highly fragmented Industry 4.0 market we address the money trail via the following 5 bottom-up market size vectors:

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3D Food Printing Market by Ingredient

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3D Food Printing Market by Ingredient (Dough, Fruits and Vegetables, Proteins, Sauces, Dairy Products, Carbohydrates), Vertical (Government, Commercial, and Residential), and Geography – Global Forecast to 2025

3D Food Printing Market by Ingredient (Dough, Fruits and Vegetables, Proteins, Sauces, Dairy Products, Carbohydrates), Vertical (Government, Commercial, and Residential), and Geography – Global Forecast to 2025

The global 3D food printing market is expected to be valued at USD 425.0 million by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 54.75% between 2018 and 2025.

The years considered for the study are as follows:

The following are the major objectives of the study.

To define, describe, and forecast the 3D food printing market on the basis of ingredients, vertical and geography

To provide detailed information regarding the major factors influencing the growth of the market (drivers, restraints, opportunities, and industry specific challenges)

To analyze the opportunities in the market for stakeholders, by identifying the high-growth segments of the 3D food printing market

To strategically analyze the micro-markets with respect to individual growth trends, future prospects, and contribution to the total market

To forecast the market size, in terms of value, for various segments, with regard to four main regions: North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific (APAC), and Rest of the World (RoW)

To strategically profile the key players and comprehensively analyze their market share and core competencies, along with detailing the competitive landscape for market leaders

To track and analyze the competitive developments such as joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, new product developments, and research and development (R&D) carried out in the 3D food printing market

During this research study, the major players operating in the 3D food printing market in various regions have been identified, and their offerings, regional presence, and distribution channels have been analyzed through the in-depth discussions. To find the overall market size, top-down and bottom-up approaches have been used. To estimate the sizes of other individual markets, the percentage splits are used that are obtained using secondary sources such as Hoovers, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Factiva, and OneSource along with primary respondents. The entire procedure includes the study of the annual and financial reports of the top market players and extensive interviews with the industry experts such as CEOs, VPs, directors, and marketing executives for key insights (both qualitative and quantitative) pertaining to the market. The figure below shows the breakdown of the primaries on the basis of the company type, designation, and region conducted during the research study.

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The 3D food printing market comprises a network of research and product development, manufacturing/assembly, distributor and reseller, marketing and sales, and post-sale services, among others. The key players operating in the market are TNO (Netherlands), 3D Systems (US), byFlow (Netherlands), Natural Machines (Spain), Systems And Materials Research Corporation (US), Beehex (US), Choc Edge (UK), Modern Meadow (US), Nu Food (UK) and North branch Everbright (China). Most of the companies in the 3D food printing are new players that are trying to enter the market with their innovative products.

3D food printing products and solutions providers

3D food printing-related service providers

3D food printing materials and accessories providers

3D food printing consulting companies

3D food printing assembly companies

3D food printing software providers

3D food printing-related associations, organizations, forums, and alliances

Venture capitalists, private equity firms, and startup companies

End users willing to know more about 3D food printing technology and latest technological developments in the 3D food printing market

With the given market data, MarketsandMarkets offers customizations according to the clients specific needs. The following customization options are available for the report:

1.3.2 Years Considered for the Study

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2.1.1.1 Key Data From Secondary Sources

2.1.2.1 Key Data From Primary Sources

2.3.1.1 Approach for Arriving at the Market Share By Bottom-Up Analysis (Demand Side)

2.3.2.1 Approach for Capturing the Market Share By Top-Down Analysis (Supply Side)

2.4 Market Breakdown and Data Triangulation

4.1 3D Food Printing Market, 20182025

4.2 Market, By Ingredient (20182025)

4.4 Market, By Ingredient and Geography (2018)

4.5 Market, By Geography (20182025)

5 3D Food Printing Market, By Ingredient (Page No. – 34)

6 3D Food Printing Market , By Vertical (Page No. – 38)

7 3D Food Printing Market, By Geography (Page No. – 44)

8 Competitive Landscape (Page No. – 66)

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Table 1 3D Food Printing Market, By Ingredient, 20182025 (USD Million)

Table 2 Market, By Vertical, 20182025 (USD Million)

Table 3 3D Food Printing Market for Government Vertical, By Type, 20182025 (USD Million)

Table 4 Market for Commercial Vertical, By Type, 20182025 (USD Million)

Table 5 3D Food Printing Market, By Region, 20182025 (USD Million)

Table 6 Market in North America, By Country, 20182025 (USD Million)

Table 7 Market in the US, By Vertical, 20182025 (USD Million)

Table 8 Market in Canada, By Vertical, 20182025 (USD Million)

Table 9 Market in Mexico, By Vertical, 20182025 (USD Million)

Table 10 3D Food Printing Market in Europe, By Country, 20182025 (USD Million)

Table 11 Market in the Netherlands, By Vertical, 20182025 (USD Million)

Table 12 Market in Germany, By Vertical, 20182025 (USD Million)

Table 13 Market in UK, By Vertical, 20182025 (USD Million)

Table 14 Market in Spain, By Vertical, 20182025 (USD Million)

Table 15 Market in RoE, By Vertical, 20182025 (USD Million)

Table 16 3D Food Printing Market in APAC, By Country 20182025 (USD Million)

Table 17 Market in China, By Vertical, 20182025 (USD Million)

Table 18 Market in Japan, By Vertical, 20182025 (USD Million)

Table 19 Market in South Korea, By Vertical, 20182025 (USD Million)

Table 20 Market in Rest of APAC, By Vertical, 20182025 (USD Million)

Table 21 3D Food Printing Market in RoW, By Region, 20182025 (USD Million)

Table 22 Market in the Middle East, By Vertical, 20182025 (USD Million)

Table 23 Market in South America, By Country, 20182025 (USD Million)

Table 24 Market in South America, By Vertical, 20182025 (USD Million)

Table 25 Market in Rest of Brazil, By Vertical, 2018-2025 (USD Thousands )

Table 26 Market in Rest of South America, By Vertical, 20182025 (USD Thousands )

Table 27 Market in Africa, By Vertical, 20182025 (USD Thousands)

Table 28 Parameters for the Analysis of Top Five Players in the 3D Printing Market

Table 29 New Product Launches and Development
s

Table 30 Agreements and Partnerships

Figure 2 3D Food Printing Market: Research Design

Figure 3 Market Size Estimation Methodology: Bottom-Up Approach

Figure 4 Market Size Estimation Methodology: Top-Down Approach

Figure 6 Assumptions of the Research Study

Figure 7 Commercial Vertical Expected to Hold the Largest Size of the Market During the Forecast Period

Figure 8 Confectionaries Expected to Hold the Largest Size of the Market for Commercial Vertical During the Forecast Period

Figure 9 Education Segment Expected to Hold the Largest Size of the Market for Government Vertical By 2025

Figure 10 Carbohydrates Expected to Hold the Largest Size of the Market for Ingredients During the Forecast Period

Figure 11 North America Expected to Hold the Largest Size of the Market in 2018

Figure 12 North America Expected to Hold the Largest Size of the Market By 2025

Figure 13 Attractive Growth Opportunities in the Market Between 2018 and 2025

Figure 14 3D Food Printing Market for Carbohydrates Expected to Grow at the Highest Rate Between 2018 and 2025

Figure 15 Commercial Vertical Expected Hold the Largest Share of the Market in 2018

Figure 16 Carbohydrates and North America Expected to Hold the Largest Shares of the Overall Market in 2018

Figure 17 3D Food Printing Market in APAC to Grow With the Highest Rate During the Forecast Period

Figure 18 Carbohydrates Expected to Hold the Largest Size of the Market During the Forecast Period

Figure 19 Commercial Vertical Expected to Hold the Largest Size of the Market During the Forecast Period

Figure 20 Confectionaries Expected to Hold the Largest Size of the Market for Commercial Vertical During the Forecast Period

Figure 21 Geographic Snapshot: 3D Food Printing Market

Figure 22 North America Expected to Hold the Largest Size of the Market During the Forecast Period

Figure 23 Snapshot: 3D Food Printing Market in North America

Figure 24 US Expected to Hold the Largest Size of the Market During the Forecast Period

Figure 25 Netherlands Expected to Hold the Largest Size of the Market in Europe During the Forecast Period

Figure 26 Commercial Vertical Expected to Hold the Largest Size of the Market During the Forecast Period

Figure 27 Snapshot: 3D Food Printing Market in Europe

Figure 28 China Expected to Hold the Largest Size of the Market in APAC During the Forecast Period

Figure 29 South America Expected to Hold the Largest Size of the Market in RoW During the Forecast Period

Figure 30 Market for Commercial Vertical in Brazil Expected to Grow at the Highest Rate Between 2018 to 2025

Figure 31 New Product Launches and Developments, Collaborations, and Partnerships as Key Growth Strategies Adopted By the Companies (20152016)

Figure 32 3D Food Printing Market: Dive Analysis

Figure 33 Battle for Market Share: New Product Launches and Developments Were the Key Growth Strategies (20142016)

Figure 34 3D Systems: Company Snapshot

Figure 35 3D Systems: Product Offering Scorecard

Figure 36 3D Systems: Business Strategy Scorecard

Figure 38 TNO: Product Offering Scorecard

Figure 39 TNO: Business Strategy Scorecard

Figure 40 Natural Machines: Product Offering Scorecard

Figure 41 Natural Machines: Business Strategy Scorecard

Figure 42 Choco Edge: Product Offering Scorecard

Figure 43 Choco Edge: Business Strategy Scorecard

Figure 44 SMRC: Product Offering Scorecard

Figure 45 SMRC: Business Strategy Scorecard

Figure 46 Byflow: Product Offering Scorecard

Figure 47 Byflow: Business Strategy Scorecard

Figure 48 Print2taste GmbH: Product Offering Scorecard

Figure 49 Print2taste GmbH: Business Strategy Scorecard

Figure 50 Barilla: Product Offering Scorecard

Figure 51 Barilla: Business Strategy Scorecard

Figure 52 Candyfab: Product Offering Scorecard

Figure 53 Candyfab: Business Strategy Scorecard

Figure 54 Beehex: Product Offering Scorecard

Figure 55 Beehex: Business Strategy Scorecard

The 3D food printing market is expected to be valued at USD 425.0 Million by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 54.75% between 2018 and 2025. Some of the key factors driving the growth of this market are increasing the market for customized food and benefits of giving food rich in specific nutrients.

3D food printing has a huge opportunity in the commercial vertical including users such as retail stores, bakeries, confectionaries, and restaurants. Confectionaries are expected to hold the major size of the market for commercial vertical, and also the market for the same is expected to grow at the highest rate between 2018 and 2025. The increased demand for customized cakes and bakery items by consumers is the factor fueling this market.

Carbohydrates are the type of nutrients and are a most important source of energy for humans. It is found in fruits, grains, vegetables, and milk products. 3D food printing could allow design the food depending on the requirement of carbohydrate by the consumers. A consumer requiring high-carbohydrate and low-protein diet could set the ratio accordingly to get food of his choice, which in turn could revolutionize the way to control the nutrient intake. Carbohydrates segment is likely to hold the largest size of the market during the forecast period.

North America expected to hold the largest share of the 3D food printing market in 2018. The market in APAC is expected to grow at the highest rate during the forecast period. The huge market for confectioneries and bakery products such as candies, chocolates, pizzas, and burgers in North America and increased demand for customized food products from the region make North America the largest market of 3D food printing technology. APAC holds the largest part of the aged population present globally. The capability of 3D food printers to print soft, chewable food for the geriatric population is expected to contribute to the fastest growth of the market in APAC during the forecast period.

The major factors restraining the growth of the market include slow processing time and lack of original flavor and texture. Preparation of food by 3D printing technology takes much more time compared to that prepared by the traditional method. Need to maintain a high level of precision while printing a food by printers and the time taken by the food to cool down to solidify are the factors leading to the slow processing time. Also, the original flavor and texture of any food are because of complex chemical formation of food polymer, and it is not easy to duplicate that formation using 3D food printer. Thus, 3D printed food lacks original flavor and texture.

3D Systems Corporation (US) is one of the leading companies in the 3D food printing market, followed by TNO (Netherlands), which provides 3D food printing research solutions to players aiming to invest in the market. The companies in the market are strengthening their product portfolios by increasing their R&D investments. The key players in this market are increasingly undertaking partnerships and collaborations to develop new technologies.

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The Boscusini Might Be the First Universal Food 3D Printer to Reach the Market

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3D printable food is one of those things that sounds like a good idea, but the more you think about what is involved the sillier it becomes. Yes, the ability to 3D print identical food creations with a robot is pretty cool, but it is also rather inefficient in comparison to a skilled workforce. Since the very few food 3D printers that have actually managed to come to market are all based on FDM technology, the limitations of speed and resolution arent going to go away.

Additionally, the few food printers that exist tend to be capable of printing in only a select few materials, and require an investment into specific 3D printers with a singular purpose. So if you buy a food 3D printer all that you can print with it is going to be food. When youre investing several hundred dollars into an appliance that only has one specific purpose, the practicality of it starts to diminish pretty quickly.

The reality is, a successful restaurant probably isnt going to purchase a machine that is slow and inefficient in comparison to their staff. Your typical home 3D printer owner probably isnt going to purchase a machine for the two or three times a year that they would make fancy desserts with it. So who exactly are food 3D printers being aimed at?

But a new German startup calledPrint2Tastemay have actually come up with a way to sell food 3D printers and manage to make it worthwhile. Rather than focusing on an entire 3D printer, they cooked up the Bocusini. They will sell a complete kit of course, but frankly I think that will be as dead in the water as all of the other food 3D printers.

However, they will also be offering retrofit kits for open-source 3D printer platforms. Currently they will offer retrofit kits for the Printrbot Simple, Ultimaker 2, and Printrbot Metal. Rather than spend hundreds of dollars on a machine that can do one thing, you can buy a peripheral that can be attached to your existing 3D printer and expand what it is capable of doing in your home. And the entire thing is controlled via a WiFi connection from your smart phone, tablet, or computer.

But Print2Taste isnt just in the hardware business. They have spent years developing specific types of foods and optimized their textures to make them ideal for 3D printing. They have settled on dozens of specific food recipes that they say have all the taste required of high-end cuisine and the correct consistency for accurate 3D printing. They can either help their customers develop 3D printable food to match their needs and food style, or they can sell their pre-existing recipes to them.

The various 3D printable food types that they have developed are pretty comprehensive and cover a wide range of food types. The reloadable food capsules that are loaded into the food extruder can contain anything from cookie dough, chocolate, and jelly, to vegetable paste, mashed potatoes, and even liver pât. And that is only their first round of offerings. I could see anything from ice cream to raw meat being easily inserted into the Print2Tase food capsules and printed.

Unfortunately, as with most 3D printing technology, Print2Tastes Bocusini is not yet available for purchasebut they are readying aKickstartercampaign set to launch May 12th. So far there hasnt been any information released about pricing.

Im still on the fence with the whole 3D printing food thing.

Yes, mashed potato castles are way cool, but you can do the same thing with a simple mold. Yes, flower shaped jelly things are neat, but again, a skilled pastry chef can do the same thing considerably faster. And while a liver pât maze is neat to look atokay, I cant think of anything bad to say about a meat maze, thats pretty cool.

But as cool as some of these things are, the value is entirely dependent on the price point of the complete kit and the retrofit kits.

Once the Kickstarter launches in a few weeks we will make sure that we check back with the full details and pricing structure.

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Do We Really Want 3D-Printed Food?

Weve 3D-printed plastic, metals, and wood fiber. And now that same technology is being used to make chocolates and pizza. Unlike with most other food, how printed meals taste isnt the real point. Its what they can do.

Hod Lipsons laboratory at Columbia University is a place designed to nurture the human instinct to tinker. The space itself is pretty basic: linoleum floor, white walls, natural wood tables. Wires, markers, textbooks, and glue bottles cover most surfacesthe detritus of students designing, making, refining, and tweaking. Robotic models line the shelves: a robot with foot-long plastic wings that look like a houseflys, miniature machines with exposed silver gears, geometric robotic skeletons. There are laser cutters and microscopes and welding masks hung on hooks. Pushed up against a wall, a robotic arm bears a paper sign: DANGER. Robot moves without warning. KEEP AWAY.

Lipson became a professor of mechanical engineering at Columbia in 2015, after fourteen years as a professor at Cornell University. He is a pioneer in the field of three-dimensional printing, and one of the first to experiment with substituting the usual raw materialsplastics, metalswith edible food products. It was in Lipsons lab about ten years ago that a few of his students had the idea to mess around with it. Somebody tried filling a printer syringe with frosting. Then cheese, chocolate, and other foods. In the beginning we thought it was frivolous, Lipson says. Wed say Look, we printed with chocolate, but lets get serious and do our battery work.

But when writers atThe New York Timesand the BBC started inquiring about the technology, Lipson saw public interest that he hadnt anticipated. People who couldnt care less about batteries or robotics suddenly cared about 3D printing when food got involved, he says. Everybody cares about food. A new branch of 3D printing began.

DANGER. Robot moves without warning. KEEP AWAY.

This is what humans do: We tinker. We improvise. We have weird ideas and mess around with them. It leads to things like the discovery of electricity, and sailboats, and machine guns, and food that comes out of a printer. Lipson is like the rest of us in that sense, its just that his reflex to act on his curiosity is more acute, more insatiable. Wethe more insatiable among ushave now devised technology that influences the way we communicate, travel, work out, sleep, and entertain. Lipson sees these printers as the future of food preparation. There are a handful of startups already building up the industry, but experiments with the technology have also been backed by more venerable organizationssuch as Columbia University, NASA, and the European Union.

The term 3D printing, of course, is odd. Its desktop manufacturing, and making food this way is no different from making toys or machine parts or anything else 3D printed. Once you place the raw material, in this case an edible paste, into a 3D printer, a robotic arm deposits or spreads the paste in precise layers, forming whatever shape youve programmed into the machine. The better equipped the machine, the more advanced the recipes it can make.

Lipson and his students agree that 3D-printed food will never completely replace our current food system. A printer is unlikely to print a filet mignon and salad anytime soon. But it is likely to become a regular appliance you useas soon as the next ten years, Lipson says. A machine with multiple material canisters lets you print different flavors or colors into the layers, like a rainbow-striped cake or kale-filled chocolate bars. A laser or infrared light on the nozzle serves as a cooking element, so ingredients cook as theyre deposited out of the machine.

Of the few 3D-food printers sold right now, most emphasize novel shapes. The Magic Candy Factory prints big gummy candies in the shapes of octopuses, butterflies, a childs name. The PancakeBot prints two-toned pictures onto a griddle. 3D Systems prints beautiful sugar sculptures, precise geometric shapes that the human hand could never do as perfectly.

People shrug off this technology and say its just fun, says Kjeld van Bommel, a research scientist who has worked on candy-printing technology. But fun is a huge part of food. And all over the world, universities and corporations are experimenting with applications for 3D-printing food beyond amusement. As a senior consultant at the Netherlands Organisation (TNO) for applied scientific research, van Bommel looked into the possibility of using 3D-food printers in nursing homes. For elderly patients who have difficulty chewing, printers would fashion purees into more appealing shapescarrot puree shaped like real carrots or salmon puree shaped like a real block of fish. The printers could also personalize nutrition in the printed meals, adding things like sunflower oil, whey protein, and minerals. They could produce about twenty personalized meals per hour, and label each individual meal with the exact name and address of nursing-home residents. TNO is now talking to companies interested in taking the experimental technology to commercial production.

NASA also experimented with the technology for Mars missions, since food loses nutritional value over timeeven more so in the radiation of space. In 2013 it awarded a Small Business Innovation Research contract to Systems & Materials Research Corporation (SMRC) to develop a 3D-printed food system for astronauts. SMRC successfully printed a pizza, though the project was later abandoned after a senator called it wasteful government spending. But SMRC is looking into other applications. SMRC president Malcolm Prouty says the Army has shown interest in using the technology to bring customized nutrition to soldiers.

BeeHex, a spin-off of the NASA project, is attempting to turn pizza printers into a franchise to be used at stadiums and other large venues. Chief marketing officer Jordan French says its product could make line cooking faster, cheaper, and less stressful. Lynette Kucsma, cofounder of the Foodini commercial food printer, wants to make foods that people would typically buy in processed form more wholesome. Instead of restaurants serving you flash-frozen burger patties that are full of preservatives, they could efficiently print their own. Its fast and convenient, and your burger wouldnt be full of manufacturing chemicals.

Dozens of other potential uses have been proposedsome imaginative, some outlandish, some brilliant. We could print delicious food out of cheap, sustainable, otherwise unpalatable ingredients, like algae or insect flour. We could develop nutrition trackers and print personalized breakfast bars tailored to our exact nutrition needs. We can take these printers anywhere thats hard to get fresh food to, one of Lipsons students saidinto space or submarines, across the world to deserts.

There are limitations to overcome. Right now, printers are slow, use a lot of energy, and require some knowledge to program. Chef Herv Malivert, director of culinary technology and chef coordinator at the International Culinary Center in New York City, thinks theyll be a hard sell for chefs, who value a variety of textures in their dishes. But we are, by nature, progressive creatures. Ten years after those experiments with frosting and chocolate, new students in Lipsons lab are still experimenting with 3D-printed food, now as serious work. The once frivolous hobby is now the focus of graduate work and theses.

Whether humans decide we want to eat the food paste that comes out of these machines remains to be seen. In a way, thats not the point. This is a moment in the continuum, an early stage in the evolution of whatever this is. Peoplethe more insatiable among uskeep experimenting with what weve got. We keep tinkering. Because thats what we do.

This story appears in the December 2016 / January 2017 issue of Popular Mechanics

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