By now you've probably heard of many types of innovative items 3-D printers can create, from casts for broken bones to toys to musical instruments. But would you have ever imagined a 3-D printer for food?
3D Systems expects to offer its ChefJet and ChefJet Pro 3-D printers late in 2014, which will enable users to produce edible sculptures and confections of all sorts (think sugar, chocolate and candy). You're sure to see some beautiful cake toppers and decorations as well as edible party favors.
Natural Machines' Foodini 3-D printer will have your meal covered from side dishes to dessert. Imagine eliminating some of the difficult prep work involved in making certain dishes. This printer produces sweet and savory items, like sweet potato rounds, burgers, pizza, fish 'n' chips and cookies.
NASA is in on the printable food prep path too, partnering with Systems and Materials Research Consultancy to study the possibility of using 3-D printers during space missions. As NASA works to improve its efforts in all capacities, meal-planning for missions is included.
Choc Edge has a 3-D printer that does just what you might imagine: It creates artistic designs made of glorious chocolate. Imagine the creative gifts you can give or people you can impress with dessert at the end of a meal.
If you thought holograms were just for sci-fi movies or music awards shows, think again. While not exactly the same as 3-D printing, Swiss design company Morphotonix is testing and applying spectacular designs etched onto chocolates. These beauties are still not available in stores or to the public, but we're looking forward to this beautiful and sweet technology headed our way soon.
The next time you reach for something from the printer, it might just be dinner.
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