From the first time I heard about 3D printing, I knew that it would be a game changer for many industries. And as 3D printing costs have dropped steadily, the technology has crept into more areas of business and in time the food industry would catch on. It turns out Chef Paco Perez is leading the charge in using 3D printing to shake up high end dining.
So what is 3D printing? According to 3dprinting.com, 3D printing or additive manufacturing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file. The creation of a 3D printed object is achieved using additive processes. In an additive process an object is created by laying down successive layers of material until the entire object is created. Each of these layers can be seen as a thinly sliced horizontal cross-section of the eventual object.
When this technology is used with food, the layers of materials could be individual ingredients or other types of food. The end result often is something so intricate that would be very difficult to duplicate by hand.
Not all 3D printers use the same technology and not all 3D printers are made to handle food. One such 3D printing device that is made for the food industry is the Foodini made by Natural Machines. Their goal is to make this technology a common kitchen appliance so that everyone can experience 3D printing in their home.
Until then, I’m going to wait with high hopes and expectations that one day soon my food dreams will be coming to a kitchen near you.