Smart Technologies in Agri-Horti-Water-Food
Innovation in food and agriculture has come a long way in the past century, resulting in the production of more food than ever before. However, the food industry is facing new challenges due to rapid societal changes: in 2040 there will be 9 billion people to feed; there is an increasing demand for personalized, nutritious, and healthy food; and food production should be done in an affordable way without harming the environment. Radical innovations are required to meet the demands of the near future. 3D printing provides the food industry the opportunity to adapt and change. In order to accelerate and facilitate the application of 3D food printing processes in the food industry, we assist a group of food industrial partners to define use- and business cases using 3D printing, along with gaining initial practical experiments based on WFBR/TNO state of the art 3D printing facilities.
Doel van het project
The aim of the project is to create use-cases for targeted 3D printed food applications to evaluate the possibilities of 3D printing to stimulate innovations in the food industry that contribute to sustainability and health. The use cases focus on 3D printed food products with added value over conventionally mass produced foods, in terms of product properties, process flexibility, consumer experience and/or level of personalization. Some of the possible application areas are personalized nutrition and specific applications in food service and retail. Together with the industrial partners we will build knowledge on the value of 3D printing as a food manufacturing process to create innovative food product concepts and the added value of this new technology in the value- and supply chain as well as extending consumer interactions.
Relatie met missie/motivatie
In 2021 the 4th and final pilot will be conducted.
By organizing a consortium meeting and further discussions, we will explore the synergy between the consortium partners as well as other relevant companies. In these sessions we will map their mutual required technology developments and how this could be approached. This could for instance lead to a shared research and development program.
Finally, WFBR and TNO will actively disseminate the gained knowledge as well as the benefits of the approach of this consortium project by means of writing a white paper, articles in professional journals and presentations at symposia and industrial exhibitions.