Blog: Katy AskewBarilla eyeing 3D printing

Katy Askew | 23 December 2014

Pasta maker Barilla has joined the likes of Hershey in investigating the uses of 3D printing in the food sector.

The Italian company, in collaboration with crowd sourcing platform Thingarage, has announced the winners of a competition to design pasta shapes using 3D printing technology.

More than 200 design concepts were submitted. The winning entries included a rose that opens when boiled, designed by French industrial designer Loris Tupin; Vortipa, a vortex pattern by Italian design team Danilo Spiga and Luis Fraguarda; and Lune, a moon complete with craters by Alessandro Carabini, an Italian product designer.

While we are unlikely to see pastas made using 3D technology hitting the shelves any time soon, activities like this are an important element in efforts to build bridges between the food sector and proponents of new technologies such as 3D printing.

"We were thrilled to see the enthusiasm with which the contest was greeted by the designer community, which is not used to dealing with food. There are several steps that must be taken on the 3D project - but whatever the future of pasta, Barilla is going to be there," said Michela Petronio, research VP at Barilla.

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