3D printed food

This solution was shared by PRE-LAUNCH RESEARCH TEAM , 14 May 2021

Print date: 18 October 2023 08:46

Description of the innovative solution

3D printing Food design Alternative protein Behavior change Food environment - personal Consumer choice Nutritious food

3D food printing is the manufacturing of food products using a digitally controlled, robotic process to precisely mix and deposit layers of ingredients to construct food pieces. While robotic-based food manufacturing has been used for some time to automate food preparation processes and reduce human workload, 3D printing offers a different user experience. It allows greater creativity and control of the food manufacturing process by allowing the users to customise and personalise food forms (e.g. colour, shape, flavour) and materials directly. 3D printing of food is in its infancy. Currently 3D food printing is used in gourmet dining, and for high-end cake decoration and printing of plant based ‘meat’. However, there is significant interest in 3D food printing and the industry is likely to grow rapidly in the future.

Supply chain segment

Agricultural inputs and primary production practices

Maturity level

Moving to scale


Food quality Food safety Food desirability

SDG target

SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth


Urban Peri-urban

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3D printing: Printing precision and application in food sector
Scientific paper
Factors affecting 3D food printing, applications of 3D printing in food sector, challenges to 3D food printing


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