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The Most Delicious Application of 3D Printing ——3D Printed Food

The 3D printing has been infiltrating many sectors, from medical to automotive, but people dont usually associate food with this technology. the 3D printed food is coming your way!

According to reports and researches, food 3d printers were invented in around the same time as low-cost filament printers but did not have much success. The first delicacy producer was probably developed at Cornell University around 2005. In the next years that followed, interest in 3D food printing renewed. Not only did hobby makers started to do transformations on 3D printers for food printing, but some enterprises also stepped into the research and development on 3D food printers.

News and Anecdotes about 3D printed food:

1.3D printed snacks now can be cooked with the laser.

RT America’s Trinity Chavez reported cutting-edge developments in the field of culinary 3D printing and interviews with professionals, which lays people alike about this final frontier of food. According to previous news and researches, some of our favorite Haute foods can be 3D printed, from candies to the pizza of various colors and flavors. Different from the past, however, 3D printed food now can be cooked by laser as well as it is printing. Jonathan and his team at Columbia Engineering Lab have been working on this project aiming to create end-to-end cooking and investigating machine as a software cooking appliances. As the technology forwards, the start of the consumer product can be potential as your future kitchen, and produce the next generation of food. Moreover, the 3D printing technology will also allow people to tailor the ingredients which are highly beneficial for people with special dietary needs.

2. Is 3D Printed Meat Shaping a Meatless World?

3D printed meat was reported to go viral earlier in Australia in 2016. When Beyond Meat was listed in May this year, public attention was greatly caught by this amazing technology.  

Among the two types of artificial meat, the one is vegetarian meat processed by soy protein only imitating the meat flavor. It usually decomposes the vegetable protein of soybean, pea, and black bean then rearranges by machines to imitate the animal protein, and finally reproduces the taste of the meat through seasoning. Some products are added with beet juice to present the red color of the meat. The other type is real meat without bones which are processed by animal cells and cultivated in a petri dish. Artificial meat made by animal cells is still in the experimental stage with the more complicated procedure: Muscle tissue is first extracted from the animal, muscle cells are isolated, and nutrients are provided for the growth and replication of muscle cells through the serum, and the muscle tissue is gradually cultured in the laboratory.

 3.3D printed Candies and Pizza

The 3D printed pizza above has a dough base that is extruded line-by-line by a food 3D printer. A tomato sauce is also applied using the same food 3D Printer. Cheese and oregano were added by hand. 

As early as 2012, the food 3D printer debuted at an exhibition held in Eindhoven, which was funded by the government.
In 2013, NASA decided to develop a 3D printer that can print pizza to improve the astronaut's dietary level. The result was very successful, and the pizza print was decent.

In early 2014, industry giant 3DSystems worked with the famous chocolate brand to develop a new food 3D printer that can print snacks such as chocolate and candy. It’s just that these beautiful snacks are too expensive and can’t be consumed by civilians.
In 2016, a British company Chocedge has developed a chocolate edge printer. In September 2015, the famous German candy manufacturer Katjes opened the “Magic Candy Factory” with 3D printing technology.


Is the 3D printed food going to revolutionize our kitchen and change what we eat? I believe that most people would bet YES. 3D printed food creates more possibilities for our culinary ways even from texture to shape and visional effect. Taking the 3D printed candies and pizza as an example, it will reduce cost on production and manufacturing due to less cooking staff and less kitchenware. The 3D printed meat will significantly leverage environmental impact owing to the cleaner production mode. Otherwise, livestock farming contributes to global warming through releases of methane, a greenhouse gas 20 to 30 times more potent than carbon dioxide, being a top contributor to deforestation, land degradation, water pollution, and desertification. 
The possibilities are endless and are sure to continue to surpass our expectations in the future to come.

5. What is people’s opinion on 3d food printing?

(1)Possibilities: The new technology also offers many possibilities to make the consumption of products like meat more sustainable and space travel more comfortable by introducing new ways of preparing a meal in space.

(2)Convenience: Once the technology develops to maturation, it can be repeatedly applied thus achieving the automatic process.

(1)Speed: 3D printing a whole meal in a restaurant takes a lot of time… and if there‘s one thing chefs don’t have, it’s time! All in all, 3D printing food still is way too slow for mass production.

(2)Safety: When it comes to food, you don’t want to play with your health. So every aspect of a food 3D printer has to be clean and food-safe.
(3)Nutrition: Whatever you are eating, you have to pay attention to nutrition. People eat not only for satiety but also for the function of the human body.  

6. What is the future of 3d food printing?

3D printing will have more imagination in the food field: changing the internal structure of food through 3D printing, making the texture of food soft, easy to chew and swallow, and efficiently absorbed; digital manufacturing through 3D printing, accurate nutrient ratio, balance Daily meals and more.

According to market research firm MARKETSANDMARKETS, the global food 3D printing market will reach $425 million by 2025. At the same time, the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of the market will be as high as 54.75% between 2018 and 2025.
Being in its early stages of development, the process takes several days and costs a lot of money. But in the future, we may be able to watch our steak dinner grow in front of our eyes and be ready to cook in a matter of minutes, without the need to use animals.