The 3D printing revolution is taking about as long to happen as the process of 3D printing itself. The evolution from firing ink onto paper to printing three dimensional shapes is a slow-burn development as technology gradually gets better and prices creep down, but it will eventually change the world: consumerism, architecture, medicine… 3D printing will shake up many industries. Should China, the world’s biggest manufacturing country, be concerned? Maybe. Should Pizza Hut be scared? Absolutely.
You might have already heard about 3D printing food, but we’ve seen it. Hidden away in a dark corner of the IFA 2015 show floor is a small black box that is going to make waves. It’s one of many 3D printers on display, but this one is different – it ejects things you can eat.
XYZ is showing off its new food printer to the public later this week (we snuck in a bit early and spotted it before the show opened). How does it work? Like 3D model printing, it’s actually not very complicated: the printer is merely a conduit for the raw materials that you insert yourself. In this case you load the edible ammo into the machine and then program it do create your (uncooked) culinary masterpiece. Read more