I have never eaten something 3D printed … yet. To be honest I do have a slight fear of it. The taste will probably be the same, but the visual aspect and the texture of the material will for sure be totally different. Despite my resistance to experiencing it myself, I do think there are some interesting developments in 3D printing food. Here are a few examples:
It looks like a steak but it is a meat-free 3D printed eatable object. Rice, peas, and seaweed are turned into a food paste that is 3D-printed to form a raw, steak-like substance.
This 3D printed sushi is an example from Open Meals, who wish to create sushi that meets the nutritional requirements of the individual. The website mentions, that after booking, the restaurant will send a ‘health test kit’ inviting guests to mail back a vial of their waste. Next, the bio-data will be extracted from the samples to understand what nutrients the guest will be needing and according to those needs, a 3D printing robotic arm will create the sushi.
But there are already chefs and restaurants working with 3D printers, one example is Dutch chef Jan Smink. He uses the Focus 3D Food Printer from byFlow to create dishes, like this 3D printed cream cheese, that cannot be made by human hand, not even by a very skilled one.
The last example is the one I like most of the 3D printed food examples. One-third of all food worldwide is wasted. Dutch Technical University Eindhoven graduate Elzelinde van Doleweerd founded Upprinting Food dedicated to reducing food waste. By using the wasted food (in the Netherlands it is mainly bread, in China rice) for 3D printing, it looks attractive again. After printing, the 3D printed food is baked and dried, resulting in a crispy texture and long shelf life. The transformation creates new value for food that otherwise would be thrown away.
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