An Israeli company has announced a collaboration with a Singaporean partner to develop the first 3D printed eel. The groundbreaking project is intended to change the way seafood is harvested and consumed worldwide.

The partnership, involving the Israeli high-tech firm 3D3 Solutions and Singapore-based aquaculture experts, promises to revolutionize the way food is produced and sold. The project leverages the company’s advanced 3D printing technology and aquaculture research to create a 3D printed eel that is safe, edible, and commercially viable.

The team is reportedly in the process of creating a clone of the European eel, which is known for its nutritious value and delicious taste. The 3D printed eel will be based on data obtained through non-invasive tracking technology and 3D printing techniques will be used to create a realistic and edible alternative to the traditional eel farming method.

This project is expected to reduce the cost associated with traditional eel farming and consequently make seafood products more accessible and affordable. Moreover, it would reduce the environmental damage caused by overfishing. The project is expected to offer numerous advantages such as improved food safety, increased production, and reduced harvest times.

The 3D printed eel is the first of its kind and, if successful, could be a game-changer in the aquaculture sector. By providing an alternative to current fishing and farming practices, the partnership is expected to transform the way seafood is harvested and consumed around the world.

The Israeli foodtech company Steakholder Foods announced Tuesday a new grant for 3D printing fish meat. 

Steakholder Foods received the grant of up to $1 million from the Israel Innovation Authority and Enterprise Singapore. Per the grant, they will work with Singapore’s Umami Foods on eel and grouper fish meat that is produced via 3D printing. They expect the partnership’s first prototype to be ready by the end of the first quarter of 2023, according to a press release. 

What it means: Lab-grown meat refers to meat that is produced via cells from animals — as opposed to slaughtering living animals. 3-D printing occurs when three-dimensional objects are physically printed using digital technology. 

In the case of Steakholder Foods, stem cells are placed in machines so they can grow. The meat is printed after the cells separate into muscle cells and fat cells, according to the company’s website. 

Why it matters: Singapore is the only country in the world that allows the commercial sale of lab meat. Steakholder Foods called the grant a “unique opportunity for market entry in the only country in the world where cultivated meat has regulatory approval.” 

Israel has a strong cultivated meat sector. Last year, the Israeli company Plantish demonstrated its 3D printed salmon to the Jerusalem-based investment platform OurCrowd. Unlike Steakholder Foods, Plantish’s fish is plant-based, hence the name. 

Lab-grown and plant-based meat could potentially benefit the environment and the treatment of animals. 

Know more: Israel’s foodtech sector is growing in general. Investment in Israeli foodtech doubled in the first half of 2022. 

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