Following their 3D printed pasta design contest “Print Eat!” back in 2014, Italian food company Barilla has now unveiled the prototype of their pasta 3D printer at the CIBUS 2016 International Food Exhibition in Parma.
The pasta printer has been developed in cooperation with Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) and works with pre-filled dough cartridges containing a mixture of durum wheat flour and water. It can produce four unique pasta shapes in two minutes, that cannot be produced using traditional manufacturing methods.
“This is a research project, not only a new product, which would have been unthinkable for a food company 10 years ago,” said
Michela Petronio, Vice President of Unità Global Discovery Center. “This printer allows great freedom in the creation of formats, flour, and tasting experience.”
According to Fabrizio Cassotta, Manager for Innovation Pasta Ready Meals and Smart Food, Barilla is considering producing the pasta 3D printer for home use: “We are considering the future scenarios of use, probably at home, since the 3D printers used for plastic and metals cost in their compact format around €1,500.”
The 3D printed pasta does not only look appealing and interesting but also taste excellent, as Marcello Zaccaria, chef of Accademia Barilla confirms: “3D pasta is of excellent quality, fast to cook but also ’al dente.”