Personalized Food Printing for Portrait Images

Haiming Zhao, Jufeng Wang, Xiaoyu Ren, Jingyuan Li, Yongliang Yang, Xiaogang Jin

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The recent development of 3D printing techniques enables novel applications in customized food fabrication. Based on a tailor-made 3D food printer, we present a novel personalized food printing framework driven by portrait images. Unlike common 3D printers equipped with materials such as ABS, Nylon and SLA, our printer utilizes edible materials such as maltose, chocolate syrup, jam to print customized patterns. Our framework automatically converts an arbitrary input image into an optimized printable path to facilitate food printing, while preserving the prominent features of the image. This is achieved based on two key stages. First, we apply image abstraction techniques to extract salient image features. Robust face detection and sketch synthesis are optionally involved to enhance face features for portrait images. Second, we present a novel path optimization algorithm to generate printing path for efficient and feature-preserving food printing. We demonstrate the efficiency and efficacy of our framework using a variety of images and also a comparison with non-optimized results.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)188-197
Number of pages10
JournalComputers & Graphics
Early online date17 Jul 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2018


  • Food printing
  • Image abstraction
  • Path optimization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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