It is well known that 3D food printing holds many promises for making customized foods with attractive shapes, tailored texture properties, and personalized nutritional value. Even though numerous studies demonstrated instrumental texture properties could be influenced by structure modifications of 3D printed foods, no study to date described the impact of these structure modifications on sensory texture perception.Continue reading “How 3D printing can be used to alter sensory perception of food products”
Computer vision applications to monitor and calibrate extrusion-based 3D food printing
3D food printing is an emerging technology that can customize food designs and produce personalized foods. Extrusion-based 3D food printing dispenses food filaments onto a platform, and the object is built layer by layer based on a digital design. The diversity of food materials made it challenging to control the extrusion flow, which often leads to over and under extrusion during printing. Computer vision (CV) offers automated and standardized methods to measure object distance and velocity. Here, we introduce applications of CV to monitor and calibrate 3D food printing.Continue reading “Computer vision applications to monitor and calibrate extrusion-based 3D food printing”
The colourful life of plants in a vertical farm
In vertical farms all the production factors can be precisely controlled, making that we can precisely control the growth, development and quality of the crops. LEDs play a crucial role in this control. A number of examples will be presented on how to use different light spectra and intensities to control the growth, development and quality of plants and harvested products.
Optimization of light should be balanced with optimization of all other growth factors (e.g. temperature, CO2, humidity, plant spacing, water, nutrients, etc). Sensors, simulation models and artificial intelligence play an important role in optimizing the production systems and can ultimately be used to realise autonomous production systems.Continue reading “The colourful life of plants in a vertical farm”
Opening ‘Vertical Farming Field Lab’ part of the conference program
Wageningen University & Research, BU Horticulture & Flower Bulbs and Delphy Improvement Centre, both established at the Horti Science Park in Bleiswijk, recently finished building their Vertical Farm facilities. The official opening of ‘Vertical Farming Field Lab’ will be held on Friday 1 October, prior to the Vertical Farming Conference.Continue reading “Opening ‘Vertical Farming Field Lab’ part of the conference program”