No Cooking Needed, Just Print Your Own Food

The past 3 years or so there has been quite a buzz going around about 3d printers. There have been claims that the china manufacturing industry will be under pressure as more and more companies start to buy into the world of 3d printing.

Martha Lane Fox, founder of Lastminute.com has said that “3D printing technology has allowed people to become designers, retailers and manufacturers all in one and has led to a mini revolution in the creation of products.”

My question is: What if that also included food?

Well since the 1980’s 3d printers have been in development. With new technology today making it easier for people to be creative and use the technology in different ways around the word, food is now available for you to click that “print” button over and over again just like you would a Word Document. “Star Trek Food Replicator” anyone?

Experts at Cornell University’s Computational Synthesis Lab (CCSL) are working on a commercial 3-D food printer that will enable users to print meals off the Internet using raw-food ink syringes, “sounds disgusting right?” The current design is basically a series of precise syringes that deposits food inks line by line, and layer by layer, according to an electronic blueprint “recipe”. The blueprint specifies exactly what materials go where and are currently drawn up using traditional engineering computer aided design (CAD) software.

The raw materials used to print the food are currently limited to anything that can come from a syringe in a form of liquid or melted down versions of ingredients, including chocolate, cookie dough, cheese, or cake mix. Think of it as you are the Jetsons Family and with just a few clicks of a button you can order up just about anything. Not only that, but by the time this is in most family homes, I would like to think that the Honda Robot “ASIMO” will be serving it to us.

In the long-term, the team believes that people will take to the technology by creating their own 3D printable food recipe uploading them to social network site like “Printyourfood.com” with everyone improving on each other’s creations as you do.

All in all I would love to see this in peoples homes as it will be a revolution for food, but in my eyes this will never be able to recreate food that is to my desirers.

I love cooking and creating new recipes with the trial and error aspect being there, helping me to develop my skills everyday to be able to serve my food (creations) to customers that will appreciate the effort that us chefs have put into their meal, not just created by a click of a button.

Let me know your thoughts on this one please.

Will chef’s like myself be out of the picture and be forced to take a step to the side and watch Judgment Day happen? (sorry for the Terminator pun)

Let me know your thoughts on this one please.

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