Four Ways 3D Printing Will Change the Way We Approach Food

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3D printing is undoubtedly changing the way we design, create and consume many things. The evolution of desktop 3D printers is allowing makers to create more complex and functional objects, substantially changing their shopping behaviors, and, on a larger scale, advancements in the additive manufacturing technology are helping manufacturers in industries such as the automotive or the aerospace to cut costs by allowing the approach engineering and product design challenges in a different way.

Among the areas where 3D printing has the potential to change the way we behave and consume, there is one that definitely deserves a closer look: food.

Let’s see how the technology could affect the food industry for both consumers and professionals.


3D printing could make food more sustainable

3D printing has already proved to be a suitable way to reduce food waste and make food more sustainable in many different ways.

3D printed plant-based steaks, for example, could help consumers reduce their consumption of meat, which proven to be not sustainable for the environment.

And 3D printers capable to print food from ingredients that constantly end up being discarded, such as fruit and vegetables, will allow us to reduce the significant amount of food waste that characterizes our modern society.

The possibilities to increase food sustainability are out there and 3D printing will allow us to unlock them.


3D printing could be a solution to the hunger crisis

Although this concept is more like a hope than an actual answer as of now, chances are that 3D printed food will eventually be a solution to the issue of healthy food availability in poor or remote areas.


3D printing could change the way restaurant operate 

One of the primary reasons for the increased interest in 3D printing for food is that it could help restaurants operate more efficiently with better quality control.

Moreover, creating dishes using 3D printers could help chefs give a totally new look to their recipes and therefore attract new customers.


3D printing could change the way sweets are made

As mentioned above, 3D printers could help to make food more artistic.

This is a particularly important aspect for pastry chefs and professional cake makers who often sell their products based on the looks they are able to create.

Dinara Kasko, a famous cake master, is one of the pioneers of this new application of the technology and her results are absolutely astonishing.



More possibilities to come

This overview gives a glimpse of how 3D printing could bring about substantial shifts in the culinary industry. We’ll have to stay abreast of news to see how things progress.




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