Can you imagine that in the near future, humans will be able to eat printed pizza, printed pastries, and even printed steaks? These imaginations may soon become commonplace!
Toronto, ON (Merxwire) – 3D printing uses less material than traditional manufacturing, and it can produce complex shapes faster. According to Statista survey data, 3D printing products and services are expected to jump to more than 40 billion U.S. dollars, and will grow rapidly at a rate of 26.4% per year between 2020 and 2040. This includes 3D printing for the food industry.
Helps Recycle Food
What’s our next meal? As most people become richer and richer, humans are wasting food more and more. The value of food wasted by humans is more than $ 1 trillion each year, but there are still people living in poverty in the world. Extreme events are worth thinking about: Is there any way to reduce waste?
The University of Toronto Scarborough’s research team is using biotechnology to create biodegradable plastic from food waste. Leveraging the power of biotechnology, machine learning, and microbiological engineering, that can be used to create more sustainable toys, medical devices, and 3D printer filament.
There are also private companies that start to make discarded food into paste filaments, and then use paste filaments to make delicious snacks. Food paste can be stored for a long time and various dishes are made, which is a great saving technique. If humans cannot stop wasting food, then we must think of ways to turn wasted food into something useful.
Adds Dining Pleasure
3D Printing can recycle waste food and make delicious snacks. In addition, we can also beautify the dining environment with 3D Printing! The importance of the chef is not only in cooking, but also the decoration of the table and food. In the future, restaurants can use 3D printing to customize plates, so that consumers have a better dining experience.
In many restaurants, chefs spend a lot of time deciding which silverware and plates to use. In the 3D printed food industry, you can quickly and easily create your own special plates. With different meals, your tableware will have more changes and the dining experience will be more fun.
More importantly, your 3D printed tableware and plates may be “edible”, which is more environmentally friendly. In the world of 3D printing, you can experience a variety of food creation methods, experience the speed and convenience of printing, and enjoy a dining experience different from the past.
Print Food For Astronauts
Where else can 3D printed foods be used? 3D printing has become a good choice in special spaces where it is not convenient to transport and cook food. For example, space travelers can’t easily obtain resources, so they can use 3D printing to make food on the space station.
Are there any practical examples of astronauts eating printed meat? Russian astronauts fed meat cells into a 3D printer in 2019, which allowed them to 3D print meat in space for the first time on the International Space Station.
NASA is also considering using 3D printing to help humans colonize Mars, and use this manufacturing method to build laboratories and living areas on it. As 3D printing becomes more and more mature, we can not only apply technology to the manufacturing and medical industries, but also to the food industry.
Are you ready to enter the world of 3D printing? Maybe soon we will all be eating printed steaks!