3D Printed Dinner Is Here For You

Posted: Aug 1 2016, 9:25am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News


3D Printed Dinner is Here for You
An example of 3D printed food, created by one of Professor Hod Lipson's students. Credit: Timothy Lee Photographers/Columbia Engineering
  • The Future is Now: 3D Printed Dinner for Optimal Digestion

It seems that the future is now. With 3D printers making dinners for optimal digestion, the prospects for food and gastronomy are virtually limitless.

Our kitchens contain everything from skillets to pots and pans not to mention the ubiquitous microwave oven. Yet something is missing. This is a 3D printer that will create food from cartridges stored within it. It is indeed a revolutionary concept.

The eatables could be selected from a menu of items and made by the 3D printer in a jiffy. All that is needed is the apparatus and some software not to mention cartridges containing pastes, gels, powders and liquids. 

This 3D printer looks like a coffee machine. It was the result of a joint effort. While these food printers are not meant to be substitutes for real life cooking, they can act as a supplementary technology.

A large cornucopia of fruits and nutritious foods will be made on the spot by these machines. The basic ingredients will come from a range of frozen cartridges.

This was indeed the missing link between artificial intelligence and real intelligence. While the prototype is about to become functional, the real challenge is to build the capacity for cooking in the context of this 3D printer. 

Although the required technology is definitely there, the task of fitting it into the limited space of the 3D printer is an enigma. Yet this issue will be solved with the passage of time.

This 3D printer also has a robotic arm that contains all those food cartridges. An infrared heating source will be added to the arm soon. This technology will allow a modicum of freedom to many of the footloose people of the future.

When they are too busy to cook some food by hand, or order it from the local McDonald’s branch, they will always have a 3D food printer to whip up a nice and tasty snack for them. 

The potential for this technology extends into many other areas of life. From the manufacture of machines to bioprinting, it has been a long journey.

Now that 3D food printing has begun, one wonders whether in the future, whole environments could be generated by this method. It is almost like the proverbial scene out of Star Trek.

Cooking has always been a very basic and primal element in man’s needs. We still employ an open flame and sometimes use our bare hands to eat our food.

This is the way our ancestors used to eat too. With 3D food printing, by the time the year 2025 comes along, the very nature of our food manufacturing and processing will have undergone a total revolution.

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