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Pasta maker Barilla to show off its 3D pasta printer at the Milan EXPO 2015
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By Alec | 3Ders.org

While 2015 has already brought forth numerous interesting sneak peeks of upcoming 3D food printers, most of those focus on chocolate and cookie dough. That’s exactly why the 3D pasta printer announced by Italian pasta giants Barilla more than a year ago is so eagerly awaited. For this isn’t a novelty for the occasional desert, but this pasta printer could actually take up a significant role in our everyday diets. And it looks like that long wait will soon be over, as Barilla has already reached the stage of showing their creation to the public. They will do so at this year’s EXPO in Milan, which has just opened a few days ago and can be visited throughout May.

To refresh your memories, pasta producers Barilla announced their plans to 3D print their signature product in 2013, revealing that they have been working with Dutch technology innovators TNO Eindhoven for two years already. In August 2014, expectations were raised even further when Barilla launched the Print Eat contest, a 3D modeling competition that invited everyone to submit designs for 3D printable pasta shapes. Basically, the design has to be something that can be created only through 3D printing. While many entries were eye-catching, perhaps most impressive was the entry of French designer Loris Tupin. He designed a bio-dynamic 3D model of pasta that will bloom into a shape of a rose when you put it into boiling water.

But as the competition proved, pasta can take any shape you’d like. Have Christmas tree-shaped pasta for Christmas? Why not? The idea is that truly any shape will be possible to make, and slowly more and more about this machine is becoming known. The pasta should contain exactly the same ingredients as regular pasta, though the extreme freshness of these 3D printed treats offers additional advantages. Most importantly, they can be cooked immediately after 3D printing and will be perfect in just two minutes.

Experts from Berilla are very confident about their product and believe that even the traditional Italian pasta society will eventually accept the new production method and the exciting new possibilities it brings. As Antonello Balestieri, CEO of 3D printing experts and collaborators on this pasta printer Thingarage, explained: ‘As for pasta, I am pretty sure that in Italy it will be appreciated. It's true we are a traditionalist population on this matter, but we are also a population of innovators and curious people. So I am sure that this will be one of those things we will be experiment with pleasure.’

But of course the visitors of the EXPO 2015 in Milan will be the first consumers to actually test these upcoming pastas. Therefore be sure to check out Berilla if you happen to visit the expo this month.

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