Advanced food structuring processes and 3D food printing for personalized nutrition

Martijn Noort (Wageningen University & Research) 
The structure of food – at various length scales – determines the quality and eating experience of food. For example the fibreous structure of muscle proteins are responsible for the texture of a beef steak. Innovative food structuring processes – including 3D printing – have the potential to engineer existing or innovative food structures, for example a juicy steak composed of plant proteins. Furthermore, 3D printing offers an avenue towards manufacturing personalized nutrition, composed and engineered to meet the nutritional and health requirements of an individual consumer and at the same time meet the consumers’ liking and preferences. This presentation will give an overview of the current state of the art in 3D food printing and show its potential to create food products with new degrees of freedom in structure and texture design, consumer empowerment and personalized nutrition.

How BigRep’s new Metering Extruder will be the game changer for Fused Filament Fabrication

Moshe Aknin (BigRep) 
Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) is the most common 3D printing technology on the market, with more than 200 companies and machines available worldwide. That said, the FFF technology has some profound limitations that prevent it from becoming a real Additive Manufacturing solution: throughput and repeatability.
BigRep GmbH is introducing a new and innovative design on FFF extruder with full and tight control over the flow of material out of its nozzle. This allows hugely improved dynamic response, resulting a higher throughput and repeatable extrusion, making it an enabler for FFF as a true AM technology.


From structure to properties for additive manufacturing processes

Hans van Dommelen (TU Eindhoven) 

Additive Manufacturing processes are based on repeatedly joining material, often in a locally heated zone, and bonding it to a self-supporting substrate, building the desired product layer-by-layer. This manufacturing process creates a specific multi-layered microstructure with highly oriented interfaces and residual stresses originating from high temperature gradients and phase transitions, which will govern the material’s mechanical performance. To make full use of the major
advantages and flexibility of additive manufacturing methods, the influence of the processing-induced microstructure on the mechanical properties must be understood in detail. This poses an intrinsically multi-scale and often also multi-physics problem that can be tackled by combined computational modelling and experimental characterization techniques. Several examples of scale transitions from the microstructural level to the material’s performance at a larger length scale are given. The role of the microstructure for additive manufacturing of large scale metallic components, ceramics and of food is discussed.


BIC/ MM3D Fieldlab BIC campus

Edwin van den Eijnden (AMSYSTEMS Center) 
At the moment the Brainport Industry Campus is being realized near the airport in Eindhoven. The campus will give room to the high tech manufacturing ecosystem, consisting of production, experiments/research, show cases and education/ training. Parallel to this campus a BIC innovation program is started. This innovation program consists of 7 innovation projects and facilities. AMSYSTEMS Center is involved in several of these innovation projects and is leading the fieldlab Multi Material 3D. The presentation will give an overview of these developments.

Redefining medicine with 3D printing

Andreas Schultheiss (Rapid Shape) 
Andreas is the founder & CEO of RapidShape. Rapid Shape is a leading global and innovative manufacturer of professional and customized 3D printers for dental, hearing aids, and jewelry. Rapid Shape brings a new and patented generative technology to the market that is setting a new benchmark in speed and accuracy in the field of 3D manufacturing. The dental solution of Rapid Shape focuses on highly efficient generative 3D rapid prototyping & manufacturing with ultra-fine resolution.

Hybrid electronics integration by inkjet technology

Marcel Grooten (DoMicro) 
DoMicro BV has progressed in advanced packaging and integration of conventional electronics in flexible foils structures. Printing multi-layers, passive components and interconnection of thinned silicon dies is enabled by revolutionary developments in nano-printing and specific inkjet technology. Several examples will be discussed including a functional flexible microsensor application.