Food 3D Printing

From Sculpteo to Cakewalk3d, to democratize 3D printed food

A former AM Service exec's new venture targets culinary 3D printing

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Cakewalk3d ambition is simple: to invent a new taste experience through 3D printing. The founder of Cakewalk3d is Marine Coré-Baillais, a former director of AM Service Sculpteo (now part of BASF). Leveraging a unique professional experience, Marine launched the Digital Patisserie (or La Patisserie Numerique) and is now introducing a new extruder that will allow owners of 3D printers to print food at home.

Cakewalk3d has a dual aim. The startup wants to democratize culinary 3D printing, a technology formerly reserved to technophiles and professionals using expensive machines. On the other hand, Cakewalk3d wants to give new life to millions of personal 3D printers (1.4 million desktop 3D printers sold in 2019 worldwide), by making it possible to 3d print edible products with machines that were designed for making plastic objects, with affordable tools that comply with food standards, to make endless creations.

A new way to cook

The ambition of Cakewalk3d is to accelerate the activity of cake designers. Indeed, the creation of 3D flavors allows making sweet, salty, and even vegan dishes. About a hundred 3D models already exist on the Cakewalk3d  library. Beyond a unique experience, Cakewalk3d reinvents the kitchen and the way of consuming foods, with the ambition to create a real community of cake designers who will share their uses of the 3d printer. With Cakewalk3d, users will be able to invent new flavors and experiences in the mouth thanks to an increasingly sophisticated technology.

“3D printing has multiple advantages and has become a weapon of resilience for our societies,” Marine Coré-Baillais, explained: “Cakewalk3d shows a new way of consuming and creating. Moreover, a real community of cake designers may emerge, sharing and innovating even more in the culinary field, where amateurs and professionals can exchange. Finally, Cakewalk3d highlights a different way of consuming, where new flavors can be invented from basic material. It’s revolutionary.”


Ease of use for all

The great advantage of Cakewalk3d is that it is not necessary to purchase new software to run it on a 3D printer. Indeed, the tool already works with slicers currently available on the market, the same software used on almost all consumer 3D printers. In the same way, the system adapts to what already exists: it is not necessary to buy a 3D printer specifically dedicated to culinary printing. The startup offers an extruder, which can be used directly on the 3d printers. To do so, it is necessary to 3d print support parts, with CAD files provided free of charge.

In order to provide a secure environment for 3D food printing, the extruder is supplied with a food silicone mat and sachets of preparations to be tested as soon as it is installed.

The Digital Patisserie was created in 2018 by Marine Coré-Baillais, formerly Deputy CEO of the 3D printing service pioneer Sculpteo. Cakewalk3d federates engineers in chemistry, mechanics, software and designers around the project. Marine has been working for 9 years to develop the uses of 3D printing in the world and is recognized for her expertise. She obtained a Pastry chef degree in June 2019 and aims to invent new textures for new sweet pleasures. With this expertise in 3D printing, the ambition is to also provide tools for all users of 3D food printers.

Cakewalk3d can be pre-ordered via a Kickstarter campaign launching on October 29th.


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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based 3dpbm. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites 3D Printing Media Network and Replicatore, as well as 3D Printing Business Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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