A recent trip out of state yielded an interesting visit with a friend in the food industry who is developing ways in which to use 3-D printers in his restaurant. He is just getting started, but the following information is closely in line with his plans:
“Don’t expect to see this in your grocery store anytime soon. One Dutch food designer thinks 3D printing with living organisms could be the future of sustainable food, creating crackers that sprout greens and mushrooms days after they’re 3D-printed into existence.
“A 3D-printer builds cracker-like structures made with seeds, spores, and yeast,” Yahoo Food explains. “In three to four days, when the seeds and spores have fully sprouted, it’s snack time.” The project is intended to demonstrate “how 3D printing could transform the food industry.” Designer Chloé Rutzerveld argues that by 3D printing food “you can make the [food] production chain very short,” with less transportation and land requirements.
While Rutzerfeld estimates it will be least eight to ten years before foods like this could hit the market, other companies are already utilizing 3D printing for other culinary endeavors. Chocolate giant Hershey’s will soon install a 3D printer at its Pennsylvania headquarters to enable customers to create custom-shaped chocolates, while tech companies have invented printers capable of extruding everything from Nutella to pastry dough. ” (end)
As with everything, there are positive and productive ways to use 3-D printers, just as there are negative ways. People are already making guns out of them and doing other potentially dangerous things, but the good they can do is amazing. Entire countries can be changed with this technology, which, in addition to being utilized in the food industry, is being applied in the medical industry, in education and in other areas. It has tremendous potential to make the world a better place.
Hats off to the inventors of 3-D printing technology!