Printing Food in 3D

By Erin Valentine

You open up the machine, pour in cheese, sauce and flour, press a button, and BAM – you have pasta. Courtesy of a 3D printer, food products are now being tested to be made from new 3D printing technology. Anything in liquid or powder form could hypothetically be used to shape food.

The tie, food and utensils were all made from a 3D printer, Photo courtesy of Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

The tie, food and utensils were all made from a 3D printer,
Photo courtesy of Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

A New York Times writer was able to experience 3D food printing firsthand when he and his wife enjoyed a dinner of pasta, squash and panna cotta, all printed edible  from a 3D printer.

The SXSW Eco Conference showcased the 3D food printer as the future of food. Using astronauts as an example, the printer would allow for much more appetizing food to be eaten for long voyages, instead of just the dehydrated powder that is used now.

The idea of 3D food printing as a possible solution to food scarcity and climate change was also talked about at the SXSW Eco Conference. We need to produce as much food in the next 40 years as we have in the past 8,000, so any help is needed.

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