3D printing is changing the manufacturing industry… but will it change how food is made?
If you’re unfamiliar with the technology, 3D printing is pretty much exactly what it sounds like.
Imagine your desktop printer but instead of putting lines on paper it prints physical 3D objects. You give the computer a virtual 3D model and it outputs something you can touch and hold. One of the really exciting things about 3D printing is the wide variety of materials that can be used, including edible ones.
Oreo’s 3D Printer
Last week Oreo debuted a 3D printed cookie vending machine. The machine basically prints custom Oreos based on whatever is trending on Twitter!
Another food taking advantage of this new technology is pasta. Barilla, an Italian company, wants to supply restaurants with “cartridges” that would allow special shapes to be made from their noodles using 3D printing technology.
This is just the beginning of what 3D printing could do with food. Maybe in the future most of our favorite foods will be printed specifically to our tastes! The possibilities are truly endless, and it’s interesting to look at some of the creations that could come from 3D printing.
Here are 4 foods that could be changed for the better by 3D printing.
With 3D printing, you could select your favorite flavors and design a mulit-layered hamburger that that tastes exactly how you want it to. Imagine a layer of cheese, ketchup, barbecue sauce or your favorite spice built right into your hamburger patty!
Sugar is a perfect material to use for 3D printing. The fact that it can be heated and formed into plenty of shapes allows for some pretty creative ideas. We’d like to imagine some ambitious entrepreneur taking advantage of the technology and trying to create a real life version of Willy Wonka’s factory!
Goodbye Mickey Mouse ears hello snowflakes!
What if we applied the precision of 3D printing to pancake batter. Your designs could go far beyond the traditional mickey mouse ears we’ve all grown up with. Imagine something as intricate as a snowflake being designed out of the humble pancake.
Nougat, peanut butter, caramel, chocolate. 3D printing could allow you to combine your favorite flavors in the perfect way to create the ultimate candy bar! Not to mention that it could be any shape you wanted.
What kind of food do you want to see 3D printed? Let us know in our comment section!