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Can 3D printing help us produce more, and waste less, food?

Can 3D printing help us produce more, and waste less, food?

Written by David

May 2, 2019

The term ‘3D printing’ conjures up images of futuristic geometric models and complex structures. In food too the technology has mostly been reserved for creating elaborate cakes and confectionery, rather than any practical, scalable use. But as 3D printers edge towards the mainstream – a basic 3D printer can now be purchased on Amazon for a few hundred pounds – could they be put to practical use in the food sector? Or will it always be a mere novelty? There are countless companies making tentative use of 3D food printing for all sorts of things, whether it’s pastry chefs creating intricately-decorated pastries or high-end chefs delicately piping purée on to a plate. As yet, though, they have failed to reach mass production scale. Three or four years ago, a craze emerged for using single-headed printers to print chocolate, which is fairly easy because you can melt it at 35 […]

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  1. Per B.

    Wow! Really nice work there!


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