3D Food Printing Conference 2016

byFlow to create ‘art on a plate’ desserts as it prepares for world tour

By Jenny Eagle

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byFlow to create ‘art on a plate’ desserts

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Dutch 3D printer manufacturer byFlow has created a portable 3D printer that prints desserts.

Its Focus 3D printer is foldable and capable of multi-material extrusion with changeable extruders. 

Chocolate, goat's cheese, pizza dough


As well as desserts, it can 3D print viscous materials, such as hummus, meat, chocolate, goat's cheese and pizza dough. 

The business now plans to go on a world tour with the 3D printer to show consumers what it can do, recreating famous artwork as a dessert on a plate, chief business development officer Frits Hoff told BakeryandSnacks at the 3D Food Printing Conference in Venlo, the Netherlands, this month.

The entrepreneur already counts Albert Hejin supermarket in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, as one of its customers and has now partnered with 3D Samba, Spanish Michelin-star chef Mateo Blanch, 3Dchef and 3DFP Ventures from London to create the Food Ink pop-up restaurant. 

It’s a new process, we feel for the first time we can do a pop-up restaurant where we serve food that can be criticized by its taste and not the fact its created by a printer​,” said Hoff. 

“Today's consumers are becoming more aware of what they eat. We don’t use sugar in any of our recipes and we use technology to make it look futuristic. 

We have partnerships with musicians and artists, to create a multi-sensory experience. Food is more than a thing on a plate, and we are using as many sensory experiences as possible to bring food to the fore​.” 

'Art on a plate'

Hoff added: “It’s very ambitious but we are trying to develop ‘art-on-a-plate’, picking an artist who is well known and reproducing his artwork on a plate​.” 

The Dutch manufacturer has announced Food Ink will be taking its pop-up restaurant on a global tour that will collaborate with international designers, chefs, and technologists from London, Barcelona and Maastricht in opening temporary 3D printing restaurants in various locations around the world.


The “print-out pop-up” restaurant will not only consist of 3D printed gourmet food, but 3D printed furniture, flatware, plates, cups, vases, art and lighting. 

The print-out pop-up is also being used as a platform for discussing sustainable food and health, and the role new technologies play in those areas. 

The Food Ink tour will see the restaurant travel to Dubai, Seoul, Rome, Paris, Las Vegas, Toronto, Berlin, and Singapore, starting in London in June. 

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