‘Hungry? Why not print yourself a nice meal?’
That is what forms the basis of one the biggest challenges in the world of #3d printing technology. Is it possible to develop a desktop (well, kitchen top) 3D printer that is capable of printing diverse, edible, affordable and even tasty meals? It would not only reach a new level of convenience, but it would also be a wonderful solution to paradox that is the combination of world food shortages and the wasteful consumer market prevailing throughout the west. (And, of course, it would also allow 3D printing to reach the minds and wallets of the complete consumer market, rather than just a segment of it.)
Therefore, a number of companies have been doing wonderful work in developing the necessary technology to 3D print wholesome, edible, tasty and long-lasting meals. And while some wonderfully innovative initiatives have been made, all of them are currently falling woefully short of the ideal 3D printer. Especially the cooking phase remains problematic for many projects, while most are limited to just a handful of ingredients like sugar or chocolate. We recently reported on the intriguing F3D Printer, that is capable of combining and baking 3 ingredients to make an edible pizza, but while impressive it is not exactly healthy or diverse. Meanwhile, the Foodini initiative is promising, but still a long way away.