Marijn Roovers, thanks to his gastronomic experience, has been allowed to decorate many restaurant tables in the Netherlands and Belgium with splendid dishes. As co-owner of the NXT LVL for food couture, he also collaborated on revolutionary research into 3D printing for Michelin restaurants.

This revolutionary research was done together with researchers from TNO and Michelin chef Wouter van Laarhoven. The ingeniously built 3D globe, made of chocolate, achieved global media attention as haute couture in the food and design domain.

Designed on the inside and outside

“The chocolate globe was built up layer-by-layer using a 3D printer. Each layer of chocolate is 0.2 millimeter. The design is very detailed, on the inside and the outside.”, Marijn Roovers tells us. He decided to work with the 3D printer by combining the technology with chocolate.

“The result is a globe of just 0.8 millimeter thickness. I decided to highlight the area the chocolate comes from with gold. The chocolate ball also has a filling that refers to the origin of the ingredients.”

3D think tank Friesland Campina

Ever since the first 3D food print results, Marijn Roovers has often been asked to collaborate or share his knowledge. Meanwhile, the globe has been publicized worldwide, among others on nature.com, which led to MRFD being asked to participate in Friesland Campina’s 3D think tank. He is convinced that 3D food printing will soon be an integrated part of everyday life.