The Parma-based food giant Barilla is perfecting a very different kind of technique to shape pasta dough – using 3D printers. To do so, it is working with Tno, a Dutch organisation specialising in applied scientific research, on a project using the same cutting-edge technology that has already brought startling developments in manufacturing and may now be poised to make similar waves in the food sector.
Kjeld van Bommel, project leader at Tno, said one of the potential applications of the technology could be to enable customers to present restaurants with their pasta shape desires stored on a Usb stick.
«Suppose it’s your 25th wedding anniversary», Van Bommel was quoted as telling the Dutch newspaper Trouw. «You go out for dinner and surprise your wife with pasta in the shape of a rose».
According to reports, Barilla aims to offer customers cartridges of dough that they can insert into a 3D printer to create their own pasta designs. Although the project has been going on for around two years, it was still «in a preliminary phase».