Coming to a kitchen near you: 3D printed food! While 3D printing food is not a totally new idea, researchers at Columbia University are looking into making it better. They are currently trying to figuring out a way to heat the food while its printing.
According to this video, they plan to make 3D food printers with lasers to heat the food, instead of more traditional cooking methods.The ingredients that go into this machine are the same ingredients used to make regular food, so the concept truly isn’t that foreign. Using the laser will make the cooking more accurate than that of an oven or microwave, down to about a millimeter. While the 3D printer seems like something only a top chef would use, they hope that in the future everybody will have a 3D food printer in their kitchens. They plan to make this 3D printer relatively affordable, thus changing the way we cook today. If implemented, this could affect various food industries. Why go out for a fancy meal when you could make it at home for less money?
When could you expect to see this in stores? The technology has not been picked up by any big businesses quite yet, so it could be a long time before we could see these in our everyday lives.
So enjoy your microwaved mac ‘n’ cheese for now, the future is coming soon.