Designing unique food properties using powder-based 3D printing technology


Call for partners: Designing unique food properties using powder-based 3D printing technology

Wageningen University & Research and TNO (efam) would like to invite pioneering and inventive companies to create food products with designed properties through innovative powder-based 3D printing technology. The consortium of companies along with the leading experts within the Digital Food Processing Initiative (DFPI) will join forces to develop powder-based 3D-printing manufacturing process for food within the next three years starting in 2019.

If you would like to be a leader in digital food processing, come join us!

The application of 3D printing technologies in food products have been steadily becoming important as novel solution for personalization and digitization of food. More importantly, the ability to design food properties in a unique way using powder-based printing technology is proving to be invaluable in food personalization and functionality. In order to speed up the adaption of this technology, a critical mass of stakeholders need to come together and set the technological priorities together with the leading researchers in the 3D food printing field. The cooperation within a private-public partnership is foreseen as the most efficient way to accomplish this.

This project will not only allow partners the ability for rapid prototype creation of new innovative food products with surprising functionalities, but will also provide them a means to deliver personalized, on-demand, healthier food products in a manner that is more responsive to consumer, environmental and societal needs.

On-demand food functionality

The goal of this partnership is to enable the production of food products with specifically designed functionality using powder-based 3D printing techniques. This includes powder bed printing (PBP), selective laser sintering (SLS), and their combination.

A method will be developed through which food product designs and structures, leading to unique functionality is created digitally, and then realized via state-of-the art 3D printing technologies resulting in:

  1. a dedicated powder-based food additive manufacturing process
  2. a knowledge base to control food structure properties via 3D printing
  3. food product prototypes with unique functional aspects that can be digitally designed and controlled.

Be a pioneering company!

We are looking for industrial partners such as food ingredient and food manufacturing companies , as well as hi-tech equipment developers to join our consortium. Together, the consortium will exploit the potentials of powder-based 3D printing technologies for the manufacture of food.

The duration of the project is three years executed in three phases and nine work packages. Within the various work packages, distinction is made between the activities related to the food application (food manufacture), the ingredient functionality and the process technology (powder-based 3D printing).