We’re back again with another 3Ders Monday Warm-up, a weekly roundup of some of the biggest 3D printing trends, projects, products or ideas, in an easy-to-read format to help ease you into the busy workweek to come.
Last week, 3D Systems officially opened their new culinary innovation centre, the 3DS Culinary Lab, a learning, collaboration and exploration space, furnished with the ChefJet Pro 3D food printer, for leading chefs, artisans and mixologists to experiment with and push the boundaries of 3D printed food. This got me particularly excited about 3D printed food options, uses, and the rapidly expanding range of 3D food printers on the market today.
Unlike other 3D printing applications, such as aerospace, automotive or robotics, 3D printed food has the potential to directly impact every single one of us. Not every one owns a car or needs a robot, but every single one of us has to eat. Whether it’s instant noodles, a five-course dinner, mom’s Sunday evening roast, or even just watching your favourite food TV competition, food brings us together and nourishes us in more ways than one.
At the same time, food is recognized not only as a source of comfort or nutrition, but as an actual science. The combination of food and technology are shaping the food industry, from the advent of packaging, preservatives and mass-produced non-perishables, to the avant-garde techniques of molecular gastronomy (the food science that made ‘cilantro foam’ and ‘smoked beer’ a thing.) Though far from being mainstream, 3D food printing has the potential to revolutionize almost every aspect of the food industry, from where the ingredients come from, to their nutritional value, to how they’ll be cooked, presented, and of course, how they’ll taste.
Looking forward to the near future when everyone from Michelin chefs to mom will have their own 3D food printer, we’ve listed up a comprehensive list of the top options that are either available today, or will be very soon.Read more