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Cambridge Company Unveils 3D Printed "Fruit" 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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Cambridge Company Unveils 3D Printed "Fruit"

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    Bacon flavored fruit yes?

  • by StripedCow ( 776465 ) on Monday May 26, 2014 @09:15AM (#47091855)

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

    • 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.

      • by GNious ( 953874 )

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

  • Yes, but... (Score:4, Funny)

    by necro81 ( 917438 ) on Monday May 26, 2014 @09:20AM (#47091873) Journal
    Yes, but is the 3D-printer driven using a Raspberry Pi?
    • Nope! Apple got there first and will sue the pass off of any other fruit-based companies who infringe.
    • by Anonymous Coward

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

    • by Xel ( 84370 )

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

  • by Anonymous Coward

    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.

  • by oic0 ( 1864384 ) on Monday May 26, 2014 @09:33AM (#47091921)
    This is no closer to 3d printed fruit than the jello fruit stuff that's been served since the invention of jello.
    • Re: (Score:1, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

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


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

    • by Arker ( 91948 )
      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!!!!

    • 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. []

      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.

  • Finally a "slime mold" can be made by putting slime into a mold.
  • 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.
  • Some things, like electricity and 3D printers and of course money doesn't, but, umm, fruit already "grows on trees."
  • 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.

  • 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...
  • 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 [] with a 3D printer.

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

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