The Best Impossible Pasta Shapes Made Possible By 3D-Printing

By Sarah Zhang on at

Traditional pasta extruders, as mesmerising as they are, can only handle so much complex geometry. Barilla recently held a competition for 3D-printed pasta shapes, and the winners include unusual shapes like a blooming rose and cratered moon.

As the largest pasta maker in the world, Barilla has recently dropped hints about wanting to make its own 3D-printed pasta. Imagine, a scientist on the project told the Guardian, dozens of pasta shapes available at your fingertips with a USB stick and a cartridge of dough.

But what will 3D-printed pasta look like? To explore the possibilities of 3D-printed pasta geometry, Barilla sponsored a contest. The recently announced winners include Rosa, a rose -shaped pasta that will bloom like a flower as it is cooked, shown above. Rosa is designed by Loris Tupin of Maxilly sur LĂ©man, France.

The Best Impossible Pasta Shapes Made Possible By 3D-Printing

A second winner was Vortipa, by Danilo Spiga and Luis Fraguarda of Caliga, Italy, which looks like an edible woven vortex.

The Best Impossible Pasta Shapes Made Possible By 3D-Printing

Last but not least is Lune from Alessandro Carabini of Paris, France, modelled after a full moon with craters. The hollow ball is supposed to help hold sauces in the pasta.

The promise of 3D-printing, of course, is that the additive method allows us to create shapes not easily made otherwise. Most importantly, ones that are easy to pick up with a fork. [3DPrint]