Tessa’s Weekly Picks – 3D Printing for Food Processes

2019-05-31

Tessa Blokland  

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We have already published several blog posts on tooling in the automotive industry, as you can read in this article and see in this Pick. However, with the growing possibilities in utilizing additive manufacturing for industrial processes, we see that other industries are implementing 3D printing in their production lines, for example, the food and beverage industry. Behind every meal and every drink, there is a world of production processes for the food itself, as well as packaging. How can 3D printing serve this particular industry?

With the implementation of 3D printing, Netherlands-based PWR Pack, a manufacturer of robotic food packaging, can serve their customers better. The company’s pick-and-place and portioning machines have been improved by adding new 3D printed grippers and end effectors, also known as End-of-Arm Tooling. This allows their customers to customize packaging machines three times faster than using the traditional development process.

Benier is a Dutch company which designs and manufactures a variety of systems that produce dough. Depending on the end product made from dough, each type of dough must have its own unique properties to meet the specific requirements. Bernier used 3D printing to test the design of the 3D printed dough pump screws that pushed the dough through the machine both in and out. With 3D printing, Bernier could easily and quickly adapt to changes in the design of the screws and speed up their production processes.

Another manufacturer using 3D printing for tooling is Dutch beer brewer Heineken which started using 3D printing in their plants (also up top). The Seville brewery plant has been using 3D printing for a year now which has led to higher productivity and efficiency. As the website mentions: “The goal of integrating the AM technology was to trial its viability for improving safety applications, creating functional parts, optimizing part designs and producing custom tools. So far, the implementation of 3D printing has proven to be an overwhelming success on all fronts, with Heineken achieving its AM-related goals and seeing time and cost savings for the production of new parts.”

Israeli company Pack Line, a manufacturer of packaging machines, uses 3D printing to decrease the high costs and long lead times by 3D printing low quantity specific industry customized parts.

The last example is from French company Babines. With 3D printed molds, the company makes customized lollies. The example here is made from a 3D printed Dior bottle d’Or shaped mold.

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Each of Tessa’s weekly picks is a curated group of 3D printed designs, based on the week’s chosen theme. If you would like to offer a theme for Tessa, or if you have your own 3D printed weekly picks you would like to see featured, please let us know by commenting below. Subscribe to the newsletter to get the latest weekly picks every week in your mailbox.

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