Yes, you have read that right. Scientists have developed a new technique to 3D print food that would now allow users to cook according to their preferences.
Now, this is quite an interesting issue as 3D printing of food works much like 3D printing of other materials in that layers of raw material that are deposited to build up a final product.
To know more, in addition to offering customized food options, the ability to 3D print food at home or on an industrial scale could greatly reduce food waste, along with the cost involved with storage and transportation. It might also help meet the rapidly increasing food needs of a growing world population.
To this, Jin-Kyu Rhee, associate professor at Ewha Woman’s University in South Korea, added that “We built a platform that uses 3D printing to create food microstructures that allow food texture and body absorption to be customized on a personal level. We think that one day, people could have cartridges that contain powdered versions of various ingredients that would be put together using 3-D printing and cooked according to the users’ needs or preferences”.
More on the study states that researchers for the study have used a prototype 3D printer to create food with microstructures that replicated the physical properties and nanoscale texture they observed in actual food samples.
They also demonstrated about their platform and optimized methods which can turn carbohydrate and protein powers into food with microstructures. This can be further tuned to control food texture and how the food is absorbed by the body.
To conclude, Rhee also added that “We are only in early stages, but we believe our research will move 3D food printing to the next level. We are continuing to optimize our 3D print technology to create customized food materials and products that exhibit longer storage times and enhanced functionality in terms of body absorption”.