Why 3D Print Food?
One of the ideas the researchers have developed is to create interesting foods for people on soft food diets, such as those living in retirement communities or hospital patients. Instead of putting your regular food in a blender, you could print a softer version of your favorite food.
Changing the texture and consistency of food can also help people who don’t like one aspect of food enjoy others: for example, if you don’t like the texture of tomatoes, you can print a different product from Tomto Base, which includes all the nutrients you get from raw tomato.
There are also a few other practical considerations: creating complex chocolate designs can be tricky with traditional methods, but some very complex and impressive chocolate treats have been made using 3D printers. When it comes to other products, Barilla has a 3D pasta design competition. If you are a 3D printing enthusiast, you can enter the competition on Thingarage.
Allergens can even be removed from favorite foods. NASA is reviewing the process of long term space missions. The US Army is even considering using 3D food printing on the front lines.
How it works?
It is clear that there are many reasons why you can 3D print products. It is less clear how this process works. Let’s look at it, step by step.