3D Food Printing: Would It Change What We Eat in the Future?

Today‘s Tech Wednesday is about food printers. Yes it is about printing your food using a machine whenever you require it!

Three-dimensional printers machines that can fit on a desktop and create 3D objects from plastics, metals, and other raw materials can do just about anything. But there’s a new frontier in 3D printing that’s only beginning to come into focus: food. Recent innovations have made possible machines that print, cook, and serve foods on a mass scale. 

And the industry’s luminaries aren’t stopping there: They think 3D food printers could improve the nutritional value of meals, produce intricate sculptures out of everyday foodstuff, and solve hunger in regions of the world that lack access to fresh, affordable ingredients.

“Food printing could allow consumers to print food with customized nutritional content, optimized based on biometric and genomic data,” So instead of eating a slice of yesterday’s bread from the supermarket, you’d eat something baked just for you on demand. This may be the missing link between nutrition and personal medicine, and the food that’s on your table.”

Despite the many recent advancements in 3D food printing, the industry has a myriad of challenges to overcome. Currently, most ingredients must be converted to a paste before a printer can manipulate them, and the printing process is typically quite time-consuming. On top of that, most of the 3D food printers in existence are restricted to dry, shelf-stable ingredients, because most protein and dairy products have a spoilage risk.

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