BBC Investigates 3D Printed Food

By on December 28th, 2010 in coverage, Ideas


We’re reading a big report from BBC news where they investigated the incredible notion of 3D printing food. We’ve covered this before, and sure, it’s obviously at an experimental stage right now – but readers will all know where this is heading. We want food printers!
The Beeb article primarily focused on Jeffrey Lipton’s experiments, where they’ve been printing cakes, cookies and even meat! The results look a bit rough today, but one must extrapolate how this will develop. 
In discussions with others, we’ve noticed only two responses to the idea of food printing: “Wow, that’s amazing”, and “Ewww, I would never eat anything that came out of a machine!”
The latter response is interesting, because most packaged foods you’d find in your local supermarket emerged from industrial machines that, while not 3D printers, also would generate an “Ewww!” factor. Perhaps it’s the idea of SEEING the food emerge that makes it less palatable? Maybe future food printers should be fully enclosed. 

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!

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