3D printing or bronze extrusion for pasta making: the best of innovation and tradition
Why is steel preferred in industrial plant? It is a question of costs. Processing with bronze takes much more time
The future for pasta is a 3D printer. This new technology enables leading pasta-maker to try out new shapes and possibilities for astonishing consumers around the world. The international Thingarage contest held in Italy recently launched many new ideas. From Rosa, by Frenchman Loris Tupin, which, when placed in boiling water, opens up just like a flower, to Lune by Italian designer Alessandro Carabini, distinguished by a spherical shape with "craters" specially designed to collect and retain sauces, or Vortipa, by Danilo Spiga and Luis Fraguarda with its whirlwind shape.
In the past, pasta was drawn through bronze rollers and pasta factories still using bronze today are experiencing a new life and proudly indicate this on labels thanks to growing attention to typical produce and quality. The die shapes the pasta and small business pasta makers still prefer bronze because, unlike steel, it produces a rough surface ideal for holding sauces. Not only that, bronze drawing means it is possible to work the pasta at low temperatures, thereby better preserving vitamins and nutritional characteristics. So why is steel preferred in industrial plant? It is a question of costs. Processing with bronze takes much more time.