Well, we’re already printing in 3D with all kinds of materials and all kinds of outcomes on all kinds of magnitudes (from a small ring tot a life-size house). Why not try to print some real life delicacies ?
© Picture Bart Van Overbeeke
Together with TNO (Nederlandse Organisatie voor toegepast-natuurwetenschappelijk onderzoek) student industrial design Chloé Rutzerveld developed this culinary tour de force, called ‘Edible Growth’ as part of her bachelor thesis. What you see on the outside when looking at these delicious little snacks is some kind of 3D-printed crust made out of seeds, spores and yeast which are printed in 3D-layers. Because of the nature of the ingredients of the 3D printed shell after 5 days a complete and edible biosphere starts to emerge consisting of little mushrooms and edible plants. Mental note: if you want to offer these delightful looking little snacks printed in 3D, you’ve got some serious planning to do but hey: the basic idea is really clever. Did you ever imagine that this would be possible ? Moreover, Edible Growth has an important message to it.
“We live in an era where food is not only grown or bred anymore, but manufactured in a laboratory setting or build with a 3D printer. These technologies influence supply chains, eating habits, preparation methods and introduce entirely new food products to the market. Edible growth is an example of a future food product that forms a bridge between new technologies and authentic practises of growing and breeding food. Multiple layers containing seeds, spores and yeast are printed according to a personalized 3D file. Within five days the plants and fungi mature and the yeast ferments the solid inside into a liquid. The product’s intensifying structure, scent and taste are reflected in its changing appearance. Depending on the preferred intensity, the consumer decides when to harvest and enjoy the delicious, fresh and nutrient-rich edible”, dixit Chloé Rutzerveld. Love the idea ! Check out all details of the project at www.chloerutzerveld.com