Integrated process for an automatized 3D food printing packaging system
Smart Calll: 06
Smart Code: S0624
Start date: 01/09/2023
Budget: 1,300,000 €
3D food printing is a promising technology to create novel, sustainable food items, such as plant-based meat alternatives. However, the technology is currently not available for scaled-up production processes. One of the reasons is that 3D printed items cannot be automatically packaged and transported forward, requiring manual labour which increases unit costs. Furthermore, sustainable packaging solutions for high-moisture containing food items are not readily available for 3D food printing purposes. In this project, we will develop the first automated packaging solution for industrial 3D food printing combined with a novel cellulose-based sustainable packaging solution. The project has the potential to allow the first upscaled 3D food printing process within the field of additive manufacturing and can lead to new product solutions in the field of plant-based meat alternatives.