3D food printing has, like many new technologies, its origins in Space. In 2016, NASA launched the Advanced Food Program in order to feed a group of astronauts over a long period of time. The Chef3D was invented and established, in cooperation with BeeHex, and the astronauts were able to print their own delicious 3D oven pizza. In space.
If this sounds a bit absurd, check out this article in The Atlantic in which Sandra Forstner, project manager at Biozoon, explains that printed consumables "taste like normal food. It is made from fresh ingredients, so the taste doesn't change." It possibly becomes even better.
Research shows the numerous health benefits of 3D printed foods. Lynette Kucsma explains that her Foodini machine has for example helped encourage her kids to eat green foods such as spinach by making them attractive shapes, like small dinosaurs.
In a culture focused on health and a rapidly increasing gluten and dairy-free population, such benefits are important. 3D food printing allows you to customise meals, cater to dietary requirements and even monitor calorie intake.
Food printing techniques are now also being used in hospitals to moderate consistency for patients unable to chew properly or to seamlessly integrate medications into the foods. This is a huge win for the care sector.
The good news is that 3D printing does not belong to the far away realm of the technologically-able chefs only. Actually, it is apparently quite easy-ish to do it at home. There are a number of 3D systems out there - ChefJet, Natural Machines’ Foodini and BeeHex’s 3DChef, for example. All these machines today can make a wide array of dishes and in the most intricate of forms. They can make food look like edible art. The possibilities are almost unlimited.
So maybe 3D printing our food will be fun and will make everything look so much more pleasing.
Just a quick look at Dinara’s and 3DChef’s Instagram pages proves the point!
www.FT.com. June 14,2020