3d printing technology is something that is constantly improving and is allowing us to create some of the most amazing. 3d printers can be used for a variety of applications ranging from industrial production to home projects. While people are using 3D printers to develop all sorts of sustainable and cheap products and parts, 3D printing food, however, is a lesser explored field.
Imagine making a pizza at home. It is quite a hassle. First, you have to knead the dough, then roll it into a circular disc. You need to cover the dough with sauce and cheese along with the toppings of your choice and finally, you have to pick up the whole thing and place it in the oven.
Now imagine all these tasks being fully automated by a machine! All you need to do is add your ingredients in small containers and a 3D printer will print a pizza for you. and the best part about having a CNC to your disposal is that you can pint the pizza in whatever shape you want instead of the usual circle.
Chocolate can also be 3d printed to make some of the most complex chocolate structures. A company has also developed a custom 3D printer that prints gummy candy in your desired shape. You can use this printer to send someone a custom Gummy candy message or print an edible Gummy animal. Today's technology allows us to print any sort of food we want with a little bit of R&D.
But how sustainable is 3D Printing? While 3D printing food sounds fun and can be used to make some really aesthetic food, 3D printing is a really time-consuming process! While it takes a few minutes to assemble a pizza by hand, using a 3d printer may take more than twice the time to complete the same task. There are also a lot of challenges when it comes to 3d printing food as there is often the need for a binding agent to hold the material together.
Buying a 3D printer is also heavy on the pocket as even the most basic machines cost upwards of 15,000 INR!
In our opinion, 3D printing a proper meal is something that may be sustainable in the distant future but we are loving the idea of being able to print chocolate and candy sculptures!