3D Food Printing Gets Interactive: Edible QR Codes on Your Plate

By: | July 10th, 2024

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Food just got a whole lot more high-tech! Researchers at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) have developed a new 3D food printing technique that can create edible QR codes. This innovation takes food customization to a whole new level, with the potential to transform our dining experiences.

A New Dining Experience

Imagine scanning a cookie with your phone to access nutritional information, recipes, or even a fun food-related message. This is the future that this 3D printing technology promises. The researchers used a special system with multi-channel nozzles to print intricate designs, including their university logo and, most impressively, functional QR codes, all made from milk-based inks.

Beyond Novelty: Practical Applications

This technology goes beyond just novelty. It has the potential to be incredibly useful. For example, it could be used to create personalized meals that cater to specific dietary needs. Imagine 3D-printed food supplements designed for athletes or meals with hidden QR codes containing information for people with allergies.

Future Developments and Scalability

The researchers are still refining their technique, focusing on making it more scalable and compatible with a wider variety of food materials. With further development, this 3D food printing technology could revolutionize the way we interact with our food, making it not only delicious but also informative and interactive.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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