3D printing technology is not a new thing, and IndustryTap has written a lot about how 3D printing has already started to change the world. But 3D printed food is a first.
3D Printed Food is Not Too Far Off
If the Dutch food and concept designer Chloé Rutzerveld has her way, it could change the way we consume food forever.
She printed self-growing pastries that grow mushrooms and other plants that comprise the filling.
- A series of nested layers were printed according to a personalized 3D file.
- Pastry shells contained yeast, seeds, and mushroom spores…which started growing.
- Edible growth made use of natural processes like fermentation and photosynthesis.
- As the pastries grew, they also developed taste and flavor.
- In three to five days of fermentation, the snacks were ready to be consumed.
Rutzerveld says, “you can experiment with new structures. You can surprise the consumer with new food and things that haven’t been done before.”
But we are a bit skeptical; the idea will definitely take several years before people are ready for 3D printed food!