Careers in AMFood 3D Printing

IKEA now looks at 3D printed meatballs to think out of the box

Stay up to date with everything that is happening in the wonderful world of AM via our LinkedIn community.

To attract out-of-the-box thinkers, IKEA is now taking a closer look at food 3D printing and, more specifically, at 3D printing (a meat-free version of) its famous reindeer meatballs. A video on the company’s YouTube channel asks potential employees to “meet for a job interview over some 3D printed meatballs”.

This is the latest occasion for the furniture and design giant to suggest it is seriously thinking about implementing additive manufacturing in its creative processes and, eventually, manufacturing workflows. Just a couple of weeks ago we reported on the first commercial 3D printed products to go on sale on the company’s German eCommerce website. Apparently, they are not fully available yet, but the transition, which began with a project undertaken with Irish AM service provider WAZP almost two years ago, is definitely underway. And that was just the latest in a series of touch-and-go projects involving AM.

A video on the official IKEA YouTube channel asks potential employees to "meet for a job interview over some 3D printed meatballs

A video on the official IKEA YouTube channel asks potential employees to "meet for a job interview over some 3D printed meatballs

Now it’s 3D printed food and specifically the Foodini 3D food printer from Natural Machines, taken as an example of innovative and creative thinking. In addition, Natural Machines’ outlook on making food more natural and healthy through mass customization and 3D printing is actually very much in line with IKEA’s own approach to making design furniture universally accessible in an increasingly sustainable way.

Food printing has not really yet made it into the mainstream, although it is slowly making gains among high-end chefs, including some molecular cuisine specialists. Contrary to common beliefs, molecular cuisine uses green chemistry approaches to revisit and mix traditional flavors and dishes through new techniques and forms. IKEA is looking for this kind of inventiveness to fill many future roles boosting its digital presence with “people with imagination who want to make life at home better. Selected roles from cyber guardians to future architects”.

Interested parties can apply on ikea.com/tastethefuture

 

 

Research
Consumer Products AM 2024

1,346 polymer and metal AM companies and 143 end-users. Consumer products AM generated $2.6 billion in 2023. Segment expected to grow to $28 billion by 2033 at 26.8% CAGR. This new market study fro...

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top button
Close Popup
Privacy Settings saved!
Privacy Settings

When you visit any web site, it may store or retrieve information on your browser, mostly in the form of cookies. Control your personal Cookie Services here.

These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems.

Technical Cookies
In order to use this website we use the following technically required cookies
  • PHPSESSID
  • wordpress_test_cookie
  • wordpress_logged_in_
  • wordpress_sec

Decline all Services
Save
Accept all Services

Newsletter

Join our 12,000+ Professional community and get weekly AM industry insights straight to your inbox. Our editor-curated newsletter equips executives, engineers, and end-users with crucial updates, helping you stay ahead.