3d printed fresh fruit capsules

Regular coverage of 3D printing in the media has been vast, and rightly so. Over the past few years, some amazing advancements have come about solely due to the abilities of this technology.

It seems 3D printing is a technology that faces only two stumbling blocks in its evolution. The first is copyright issues on created products and the other is limitations of the mind. Since, any creative product from the equipment is based on the person using the 3D printer.

Today, we are going to look at a company based in the UK, called Dovetailed. The company based in Cambridge, unveiled the world’s first 3D printer capable of printing fresh fruit capsules.

The developers and engineers used a process called spherification to convert the liquid from the fruit into small round shaped balls resembling caviar. Three-dimensional printers have already been successful in printing food.

For instance, we’ve covered industry news in previous blogs, and reported on 3D printed chocolate, printed pizza, and printed candies. Did anyone ever imagine it could also produce printed fruit? Well, this is what Dovetailed claims to have accomplished using their uniquely developed 3D printer.

Dovetailed designed and printed capsules containing fresh fruit inside of them; it’s not as if the printer actually creates a 3D strawberry or pineapple, nevertheless, this is another significant step towards future development of printing food edibles, you must agree?

This early development is opening the doors for future development and trials to re-create 3D printed physical fruit for eating.

This new development in 3D print technology is impressive for many reasons. One of the main reasons is it has again proven to have the capability of pushing the boundaries currently set on product development and manufacturing.

Is it possible that we could soon be creating specifically designed and flavored fruit at the breakfast table from a machine? In addition, how will the taste and texture compare to the real thing? Will we even be able to tell the difference between the 3D printed food and what we are currently used to eating?


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