Cheesecake made by the 3D Food Printer. Picture by Matthew Van Schalkwyk
Cheesecake made by the 3D Food Printer. Picture by Matthew Van Schalkwyk
SA's first 3D Food Printer. Picture by Matthew Van Schalkwyk
SA's first 3D Food Printer. Picture by Matthew Van Schalkwyk
Technology is going to change the way we eat and what we eat, including sweet treats and desserts.

Studio H is a food design agency in Cape Town and has imported a 3D Food Printer.

It's the size of a desktop printer and with laser precision of the machine allows you to create and program an array of designs and layers.


SA's first 3D Food Printer. Picture by Matthew Van Schalkwyk
The founder of Studio H, Hannerie Visser says that they can custom design a range of food including by shape, size and nutritional value.

The printer runs on a unique software, that is perfect for patisserie chefs who want to create intricate and delicate patterns on their bakes.

A no-bake deconstructed cheesecake made exclusively for IOL Lifestyle was on the menu this week and it consisted of cream cheese, lemon filling and a biscuit crumble.

In less than 5 minutes the machine was able to print three layered, cylindrical designs for the cheesecake that was not only pretty to look at but also lovely to eat.

SA's first 3D Food Printer. Video by Matthew Van Schalkwyk (ANA Video).

But for now the printer is going to be put to good use in a campaign to increase awareness about food waste.

Studio H says food waste is a big challenge:
  • About 30 percent of edible fruit and vegetable crops are rejected for sale in SA even before being shipped to supermarkets because of appearance.
  • 44% of all food wasted is fruit and vegetables. The rest is made up of 26% grains, 15% meat, and 13% roots, tubers and oil seeds.
  • In the food supply chain in South Africa 26% of food wastage happens during agricultural production, 26% during post-harvest handling and storage, 27% during processing and packaging, 17% during distribution and retail, and 4% at consumer level.
For more info check out www.studio-h.co.za or Instagram and Twitter