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Cambridge Company Unveils 3D Printed "Fruit"

samzenpus posted about 3 months ago | from the print-versus-pick dept.

Technology 59

An anonymous reader writes "A Cambridge England company called Dovetailed has created the world's first 3D printed 'fruit'. They use a process of spherification to create little balls of fruit puree, which they then print to form the shape of the given fruit. Images here where you can see a 3D printed raspberry. Vaiva Kalnikait, creative director and founder of Dovetailed, said: 'We have been thinking of making this for a while. It’s such an exciting time for us as an innovation lab. Our 3D fruit printer will open up new possibilities not only to professional chefs but also to our home kitchens – allowing us to enhance and expand our dining experiences. We have re-invented the concept of fresh fruit on demand.'"

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Fresh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47091835)

As in... fresh out of the printhead?

Re:Fresh? (2)

click2005 (921437) | about 3 months ago | (#47091857)

World's first?? Theres a Kickstarter project for a 3D Printer that prints any puree not just fruit.

https://www.kickstarter.com/pr... [kickstarter.com]

Tell me again when they do it with bacon (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47091853)

Bacon flavored fruit yes?

Re:Tell me again when they do it with bacon (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about 3 months ago | (#47092197)

Easy [jdfoods.net] .

Is this new? (4, Funny)

StripedCow (776465) | about 3 months ago | (#47091855)

I have been 3d-printing whipped cream for decades, using a spray cream can.

Re:Is this new? (1)

peragrin (659227) | about 3 months ago | (#47091877)

Yes but yours isn't being done with a computer that makes worthy of a dozen new patents alone. You can make it two dozen if you replace computer with mobile device and resubmit.

Re:Is this new? (1)

GNious (953874) | about 3 months ago | (#47092945)

could be cool project - computer-controlled robot-arm 3D-printing whipped cream using regular spray cream.

Re:Is this new? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47092425)

I actually "invented" this in the early 1980s, although not using 3-D printing, which is overkill (use a mold). I like fruit, but I hate dealing with the pits (a.k.a., "stones"). My idea was to make a puree, mold it with some small amount of edible binder, and coat it with a suitable material. My colleagues at the labs laughed, but who's laughing now! But, seriously, just use a mold.

ewww (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47091867)

I could make a better raspberry from puree by hand. that looks like a sunken raspberry-molded jello

Re:ewww (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47091883)

They pick the fruit, process it and shove it into containers so it can be printed into fruit shapes.. much easier than just eating fruit.

Re:ewww (4, Funny)

Chocolate Teapot (639869) | about 3 months ago | (#47091945)

It's brilliant! I can't wait to get some 3D printed fruit so I can make a purée.

Re:ewww (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about 3 months ago | (#47092211)

You, sir, win two Internets.

Funniest 3D-printer related joke so far.

Re:ewww (1)

wwphx (225607) | about 3 months ago | (#47099689)

I read your sig as Modest doubt is called the bacon of the wise. I like my version better, though I'm not sure what it means.

Re:ewww (2)

dreamchaser (49529) | about 3 months ago | (#47092123)

Presumably the purees can be stored and used in places like Antarctic bases or even in space. Sounds like a good application to me.

Re:ewww (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47092467)

Yes, they're called JAMS and require all the technology of a Mason jar, sugar and boiling water...

Re:ewww (1)

Osgeld (1900440) | about 3 months ago | (#47093497)

I hear its really difficult to keep items frozen in the Antarctic

Re:ewww (1)

dreamchaser (49529) | about 3 months ago | (#47102069)

I was thinking more about the ability to create a variety of food items from raw materials.

Re:ewww (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47091895)

And I've been growing better raspberries for many years from a small bush.

Re:ewww (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47092187)

And I've been growing better raspberries for many years from a small bush.

That solar powered 3D printer in your back yard is so slow!

Re:ewww (1)

Rhaban (987410) | about 3 months ago | (#47091969)

it looks nothing like a raspberry, and a raspberry should be the easiest fruit to reconstitute from little spheres. I’d like to see a 3d-printed apple or banana using this process.

Re:ewww (3, Interesting)

rolfwind (528248) | about 3 months ago | (#47092067)

This is glorified juice-filled candy. Whole fruit has all that fiber and other stuff good for someone.

Re:ewww (1)

Jack Griffin (3459907) | about 3 months ago | (#47097581)

It's often overlooked with fat people that fruit is actually mostly bad for you. It mostly just sugar and water, stuff you need the least of (because you get this anyway from everything else). The only good thing in it is fibre, which gets broken down in a puree. So Fruit Juice/Puree and its products are effectively just sugar. A glass of juice is as bad as a glass of Coke, actually worse because Coke doesn't fool you into thinking it's healthy for you. You may as well just eat candy.

Re:ewww (1)

Raenex (947668) | about 3 months ago | (#47098129)

The only good thing in it is fibre, which gets broken down in a puree.

Vitamin C. And fiber isn't "broken down" in a puree unless it is specifically removed (which is why you should avoid juicers). So while fruits are high in sugar and you shouldn't go crazy on them, whole fruits are a healthy part of your diet.

Yes, but... (3, Funny)

necro81 (917438) | about 3 months ago | (#47091873)

Yes, but is the 3D-printer driven using a Raspberry Pi?

Re:Yes, but... (2)

Chocolate Teapot (639869) | about 3 months ago | (#47091957)

Nope! Apple got there first and will sue the pass off of any other fruit-based companies who infringe.

Re:Yes, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47093121)

The Beatles were there first and Apple had to pay handsomely.

Re:Yes, but... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47091975)

None of this matters until we get the results seen in Weird Science. Now THAT I would pay for.

Re:Yes, but... (1)

Xel (84370) | about 3 months ago | (#47096477)

So Raspberry Pi is the new Beowulf cluster around here, huh? Plus ça change...

This is new..? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47091887)

Rather strange that people think crapping out fruit puree from a extruder in various shapes is something new when I stopped eating fruit roll-ups decades ago.

Re:This is new..? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47091901)

But but but 3D printing! Luddite!

Re:This is new..? (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about 3 months ago | (#47092259)

Let's combine this kind [solido3d.com] of 3D printer with fruit roll-ups.

Wow (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47091891)

3D printing has really gone down the drain quickly. *This* is the amazing new future ???

Can we 3D print a gun down my throat already?

"printed" and "fruit" (2)

oic0 (1864384) | about 3 months ago | (#47091921)

This is no closer to 3d printed fruit than the jello fruit stuff that's been served since the invention of jello.

Re:"printed" and "fruit" (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47091943)

LUDDITE! BURN HIM! He who refuses to suck the cock of 3D printing and Bre Pettis must be SHUNNED and modded down IMMEDIATELY!

CALLING ALL TECHNO-OPTIMIST FUTURISTS TO THREAD #127217!!!

We have an unbeliever !!! Mod down!!!

Re:"printed" and "fruit" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47092051)

Don't mod ME down, the parent! Duh!!

Re:"printed" and "fruit" (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about 3 months ago | (#47092267)

I think you got modded down for mentioning Bre Pettis.

Re:"printed" and "fruit" (2)

Arker (91948) | about 3 months ago | (#47092091)

Here's how it works. You take the fruit. You chop it up real fine, put it through the printer and you get a fruit!

So much better than that nasty fruit you started with. Revolutionary! WE HAVE INVENTED FRUIT THIS DAY!!!!

Re:"printed" and "fruit" (1)

LeadSongDog (1120683) | about 3 months ago | (#47094395)

You take the fruit. You chop it up real fine, put it through the printer and you get a fruit!

Yum, looks like mango, tastes and smells like durian! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D... [wikipedia.org]

Ding-ding-ding! Give that man a... some gelatine. (1)

denzacar (181829) | about 3 months ago | (#47092849)

From TFA:

In this process, the liquid or puree from the fruit is mixed with a very small amount of a substance called sodium alginate, then quickly placed into a bowl of soluble calcium salt. At this point the liquid or puree forms tiny spheres, almost like caviar, in which a thin skin holds the shape of the liquid inside.
Apple Juice After Spherification

Apple Juice After Spherification

What the 3D printer does is combine these little spheres of flavor with other spheres of the same or varying flavor, to form customized âfruitsâ(TM), which can taste and look however the the user desires.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A... [wikipedia.org]

As a food additive, sodium alginate is used especially in the production of gel-like foods. For example, bakers' "Chellies" are often gelled alginate "jam." Also, the pimento stuffing in prepared cocktail olives is usually injected as a slurry at the same time that the stone is ejected; the slurry is subsequently set by immersing the olive in a solution of a calcium salt, which causes rapid gelation by electrostatic cross-linking. [citation needed] A similar process can be used to make "chunks" of everything from cat food through "reformed" ham or fish to "fruit" pieces for pies. It has the E-number 401.

I want chocolate (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47091927)

Fruit is way to healthy. Why not print chocolate. Heating it up a bit should make it flexible enough to extrude and sticky enough to hold and it hardens when it gets cold so structures shouldn't collaps. Plus it would be cheap, easy to buy and reusable.

Re:I want chocolate (1)

ShieldW0lf (601553) | about 3 months ago | (#47092115)

Fruit is way to healthy. Why not print chocolate. Heating it up a bit should make it flexible enough to extrude and sticky enough to hold and it hardens when it gets cold so structures shouldn't collaps. Plus it would be cheap, easy to buy and reusable.

Old news:

http://www.reprapcentral.com/v... [reprapcentral.com]

Re:I want chocolate (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about 3 months ago | (#47092347)

Chocolate comes from cocoa, which is a tree. That makes it a plant. Chocolate is salad.

Therefore, chocolate is also way too healthy.

Re:I want chocolate (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47093109)

100% pure cocoa is indeed very healthy. The problems are that a) just like anything, it can be bad to eat too much and b) most people don't like it anyway until you add a bunch of sugar.

Finally! (1)

Errol backfiring (1280012) | about 3 months ago | (#47091979)

Finally a "slime mold" can be made by putting slime into a mold.

Whole new meaning to "Printer Jam" (1)

Chocolate Teapot (639869) | about 3 months ago | (#47092027)

Boom tish!

Re:Whole new meaning to "Printer Jam" (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about 3 months ago | (#47092429)

I am so going to 3D-print a radar with this.

unhealthy (1)

harvey the nerd (582806) | about 3 months ago | (#47092369)

The ultimate processed food, printed to resemble the real thing. Many molecules of unprocessed, grown fruits and vegetables are quite different. These properties are as yet underappreciated as essential nutrients. 3D printing is a gee whiz menace from faster foods.

I knew a precocious 16 y.o. young girl in a great college, who later married a gourmet chef that made faux foods to delight her taste buds. She died before age 50 with chronic illness that I think reflects modern [lack of] nutrition.

Re:unhealthy (1)

Herder Of Code (2989779) | about 3 months ago | (#47092733)

Anecdotal evidence for the win

Re:unhealthy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47092809)

But anecdotal 3D printing stories are the sign of the utopian post-scarcity singularity future, right?

Printed fruit != fruit (1)

Lexor (724874) | about 3 months ago | (#47092771)

Some things, like electricity and 3D printers and of course money doesn't, but, umm, fruit already "grows on trees."

If this is 3D printed fruit... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47092773)

If this is 3D printed fruit, wait until they hear about 3D printed bears [wikipedia.org]

umm.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47092815)

3D printed raspberry?! ..more like 3D printed glob of fish roe.

Surely if you want to eat some raspberries (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47093023)

It's a lot quicker and cheaper to go out and buy a tub of rasberries than to print something raspberry shaped from a generic fruit puree that won't taste like a raspberry unless it's made from raspberry puree in which case you've used time and energy to mash something up and then spent time and energy to unmash it back to a vague resemblance to what you mashed up in the first place?

I think with my idea that I've re-reinvented the concept of fresh fruit on demand.

For the naysayers (1)

nurb432 (527695) | about 3 months ago | (#47093073)

Look, this may not be the 'best thing since sliced bread' and seem a bit silly, but most technology advances are incremental. Sure, they still have a long way to go, but if you dont get your ass out on the road you will never get there.

That said, sure this is news, but not front page material.

They've not heard of Trees? (1)

jaeztheangel (2644535) | about 3 months ago | (#47093521)

"We have re-invented the concept of fresh fruit on demand."

Just what I've always wanted! (1)

pla (258480) | about 3 months ago | (#47093597)

Now I can have all the joy of eating fruit, without needing to actually eat a fruit!

Wait, what?

/ Yo dawg, I heard you like fruit...

Sounds more like candy (1)

Powercntrl (458442) | about 3 months ago | (#47095073)

I'm not even close to being a tree-hugging, organic-loving, Whole Foods-shopping-at hipster, but honestly, don't we already have enough processed frankenfoods? What is wrong with just having some actual raspberries, strawberries, blueberries or whatever kind of berry they're faking? Last I checked, the candy isle at Walmart is already overflowing with sickeningly over-sweetened, artificially flavored fake fruit. They figured out how to print what essentially is Gushers candy [wikipedia.org] with a 3D printer.

"fresh" vs "edible" (1)

holophrastic (221104) | about 3 months ago | (#47096375)

I'd love a definition of fresh that doesn't allow for six months of warehousing before I eat it, thank you very much.

Food replicator (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47107995)

Food replicator from StarTrek is coming...

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