More Ice Cream! FoodForm Shows Off 3D Printer That Can Print Ice Cream More Precise Than Ever

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rig-2Two weeks ago, 3DPrint.com broke a story about a 3D printer that could print in ice cream. It was created by students at MIT, as part of a graduate class on additive manufacturing. The printer was capable of printing out general shapes of objects, but had not yet mastered the technique. Today, Luis E. Fraguada, who runs a Barcelona based research group, Robots In Gastronomy, has informed 3DPrint.com that they have also created a 3D printer capable of printing ice cream.

The 3D printer is called the FoodForm, and it has been around for quite a while now.  It is capable of printing in several different types of food, including fresh honey, cream cheese, crepe batter, cake dough, fresh fruit/vegetable puree, eggs, pasta, cookie dough, and much more. Yesterday, however, Fraguada and team perfected a recipe for 3D printing ice cream.

“It is a basic ice cream recipe (vanilla),” Fraguada told 3DPrint.com. “Our machine allows the user the ability to print onto any surface, be it a plate, a heated surface, or, in the case of the ice cream, a cold surface. We used the Anti-Griddle from Polyscience. This machine cools a plate to -34°C and was the perfect match for printing I’ve cream. We were able to print about 10mm and still get the top layers to be frozen.”

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Robots In Gastronomy got a little help from Cocktail Lab, who allowed them to use their Anti-Griddle, which is basically exactly what it sounds like – a griddle that can reach temperatures as low as -30°F / -34.4°C.

This method differs significantly from the one used by the MIT students, in that instead of using liquid nitrogen to freeze the ice cream as it is extruded onto a build plate, Robots In Gastronomy replaced both the liquid nitrogen and the 3D printer build plate with just the Anti-Griddle. The Anti-Griddle acts as the build plate, for those familiar with more traditional 3D printers, and freezes the ice cream as soon as it is extruded. This ensures that the design being printed holds its shape and does not melt.

The FoodForm

The FoodForm

Fraguada also told us that they are releasing a new model of the FoodForm 3D printer very soon. This is by far the most precise printing of ice cream that I have seen yet. FoodForm can also maintain this precision with many other foods, some of which are listed above.  They currently mainly work with chefs and catering companies to 3D print personalized and custom treats.

What do you think about the precision that the FoodForm is capable of, when printing in ice cream.  Discuss in the FoodForm 3D Printing Ice Cream forum thread on 3DPB.com.  Check out the video of the FoodForm printing ice cream below:

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