Edible Growth: 3D-printed Snacks that Sprout Plants and Mushrooms

Edible Growth is an ongoing project by Eindhoven-based food designer Chloé Rutzerveld who developed a concept for “healthy and sustainable” 3D-printed snacks that sprout plants and mushrooms for flavor. The concept involves a specially printed outer casing made from dough that contains “edible soil” and various seeds. Once printed, it takes a few days for the seeds and mushrooms to germinate after which they start to poke out of the small holes on top. As the plants and mushrooms grow, the flavor also develops, transforming into what Rutzerveld claims is a fresh, nutritious and tasty snack after only a few days. The aim of the project was to investigate ways that 3D printing could be used in the food industry. “By 3D printing food you can make the production chain very short, the transport will be less, there is less land needed,” says Rutzerveld.”But also you can experiment with new structures. You can surprise the consumer with new food and things that haven’t been done before.” However, Rutzerveld’s project is still at the research and development stage and she admits it will be a long time before anyone is able to 3D-print her snacks at home.

Edible Growth: 3D-printed Snacks that Sprout Plants and Mushrooms
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Animal Lace: Spectacular Wall Sculpture by Linlin and Pierre-Yves Jacques

With the help of 3D printing, artists Linlin(Chinese) and Pierre-Yves Jacques(French) are able to create their sculptures on a new dimension. Linlin and Pierre-Yves’ yearning to mix their cultures and desires gives birth to unexpected works that are full of meaning. They have used 3D printing techniques to develop the wall sculptures out of white polyamide and gloss paint. In their latest “Animal Lace” seriers, they created head of dear, bear and elephant which protrude out from the wall in a decorative display. By night, lights glimmer through these spectacular wall sculputure and a dynamic energy radiates from the complex lace patterns in unexpected formations along the wall.

Animal Lace: Spectacular Wall Sculpture
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Stunning Sugar Sculpture Produced by 3D Printing Technology

Since invented, 3D printing technology has been widely used in various area and ‘The Sugar Lab‘ just show us another usage of it – producing high-end edible objects for use on wedding cakes or table centerpieces. These beautiful sugar sculptures displayed below were made by Los Angeles architects Kyle and Liz von Hasseln, using a process similar to standard 3D printing: a mixture of alcohol and water is applied selectively in layers to wet and then harden the sugar. The resulting pieces taste like normal sugar, but way pretty. The designers said: “We see 3D-printed sugar as the best place to start, in terms of 3D printing food. It’s primed to embrace technology like 3D printing as a design tool, and we’re just tapping into that.”

You can read more about the project over on Dezeen.

Stunning Sugar Sculpture Produced by 3D Printing Technology
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