I’m pretty sure, you just saw 3d printed food on the title, and thought to yourself “Great another clickbait to waste my time!”. But just so you know that’s not quite the case! Technology is in constant progress, nowadays, making it possible for great innovations to occur. The 3d printing field is opening its wings in new territories offering diversity and unique touch even on the food industry itself.
At first, 3d printers were used for industrial applications, which were then followed by user communities and the general public. Digital production has the potential to change many processes and consumption patterns in every field you can possibly think of. To begin with, we should start by analyzing a bit the process of 3d printing.
3D printing uses a process known as additive manufacturing, in which a “3D deposition printer” slowly deposits layers of material on top of each other until a product is created. When it comes to providing an effective blend of just the right nutrients, using a 3D printer to produce food can open new doors for the food industry, especially when it comes to providing high-quality ingredients such as vitamins, minerals, and proteins, as well as powerful blends of “just the right” nutrients.
3D printing: New force on the food industry (photo source: Unsplash)
In the past year, 3D printing has gained ground despite some noticeable restrictions and has become more accessible from an economic point of view. Haute cuisine confectioners are among those who have brought technology to a wider market because of the creative freedom it offers them, as they can make complex desserts and decorations. Even though “AllFoodExperts” has a comprehensive list of the food industry challenges associated with 3D printing, we were able to discuss the changes that 3D printing has achieved and will achieve next year, as it is also a key component in the development of new food and consumer services.
3D Printed Food: Key Factor
At a time when consumers’ dietary needs are becoming even more diverse, adapting products is a huge consideration to increase your competitive advantage. Although the technology is still in development, its potential for mass food production is enormous.
3D printing: Main advantage to impress the foodies (photo source: Unsplash)
One of the advantages of 3D printed food is its ability to be personalized in various ways. Previously, the process of adaptation involved artisanal skills, but a conceptual pop-up restaurant called Food Ink has recently begun offering their dishes in servings that can be prepared with a range of different materials, including metal, glass, and even plastic. I believe that this technology will change the way people look at food over the next 10-15 years. But it must overcome certain hurdles before it becomes the norm for the production of daily meals.
Another invention, Foodini, developed by Natural Machines, is a 3D printed kitchen appliance that allows you to personalize your food and improve your kitchen efficiency. Anyone can print their own food, customize their diet and presentation, and print it in a variety of shapes and sizes to use at home, in the office, at the restaurant, or even on the go.
The Barcelona-based startup behind the machine says it is able to print a wide range of dishes, sweet and savory. Co-founded by Emilio Sepulveda, who is also the CEO of the company, wanted natural machines to create food technology that enables healthy eating by allowing people to control the food prepared with Foodini.
Another company, Foodini, uses edible ingredients pressed into stainless steel capsules to create a wide range of dishes, sweet and savory. Byflowa’s 3D food printer Focus offers the ability to create shapes that were not possible before. This allows experimentation with flavors and textures and influences the perception of food in new and innovative ways.
Essentially, it is a mini-food production plant that shrinks to the size of an oven, and shortly, 3D printed food could be seen in restaurant kitchens. This new production method will allow food to be produced in more complex, original forms and innovative recipes, and produce food at a much lower cost than traditional production methods. Initiatives mixing 3D technology and food are becoming more numerous and we could see 3D printed food in restaurants and kitchens in the near future, according to Natural Machines.
The number of foods that can be produced in this way has evolved from pizza to burgers, biscuits, and pasta. This provides personalized meals to better adapt to the diversity of a diet, as well as a variety of different types of food for different people.
The number of 3D printed foods is evolving (photo source: Unsplash)
A number of major food companies are also experimenting with 3D printed food. Hershey’s has developed an advanced 3D chocolate printer that can be used in vending machines to allow consumers to personalize their chocolate snacks.
Hershey’s has also partnered with 3D Systems to make its chocolate printers available in vending machines, although there is still no word on when the chocolate-making machines might be available. The technology has enormous potential in the food industry and is already having a significant impact on the global food market. For example, 3D printing could enable companies in this area to focus on digital design and printing on the ground and to access a wider range of products and services than at any time in their history.
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