Rest assured that the title of the present piece is not the result of a beer bumfuzzled mind polarized by loud music, but based on the true confessions of a tech insider. You have been hearing about how amazing 3D printers are changing the way we look at printing as a whole. But this new development surely seems to take 3D printers straight into your kitchen–to make your favorite potato chips.
Whose brainchild is this?
Based on a technique Jeffrey Ian Lipton from Cornell University’s Computational Synthesis Lab (CCSL) has developed, the 3D food printer would be a part of every kitchen in the coming decade. Imagine uploading recipes, “Food inks” in syringes, a few clicks and voila–your favorite hamburger with your initials, freshly printed, not baked! The future of food is printing and this means cupcakes and fries, tortillas and pizzas that are tweakable to suit your taste buds.
How does it work?
The secret recipe behind this path-breaking technology is the Fab@Home project, headed by Jeffery Lipton. Using ingredients which can be squeezed through syringes like cheese, chocolate and cake batter, electronic blueprints called FabApps and a few commands, almost any dish can be printed right in your kitchen. What’s more exciting is that you have the option to tweak the color, taste and texture of your favorite dish, and even a special message or corporate logo made onto them. The 3D printer uses a number of “food ink” cartridges and prints the food by creating it line by line according to the blueprint. You just need to click the ‘Print’ option and you can have your cookie: Smart and simple.
What’s its present and future?
The team at CCSL is working on more innovative ways to create designs and ingredients that will make printing food even more delicious. And this is where the action lies because as these amazing 3D food machines starts invading our kitchens and make themselves indispensable, we will still be looking for ways to make our “printed” food more appealing. In fact, entrepreneurs have already started clamoring for this niche space. And to your surprise, New York based tech start-up Essential Dynamics has already made such 3D hamburger churning machines commercial. Although, the initial cost of owning these amazing gadgets is close to $3000 but with increase in demand, the prices are expected to come down over course of time.
What’s in store after 3D printed pizzas and sushi in your homes and favorite restaurants? Cool social networks centered on delicious recipes that you can share with the whole wide world! Homaru Cantu, executive chef at the Moto Restaurant at Chicago is trying out innovative ways to make 3D food healthier with the original taste still intact. For example, an irresistible space ship shaped scallop nugget.
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