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    Using 3D printers to print food

    But Contractor, a mechanical engineer with a background in 3D printing, envisions a much more mundane—and ultimately more important—use for the technology. He sees a day when every kitchen has a 3D printer, and the earth’s 12 billion people feed themselves customized, nutritionally-appropriate meals synthesized one layer at a time, from cartridges of powder and oils they buy at the corner grocery store. Contractor’s vision would mean the end of food waste, because the powder his system will use is shelf-stable for up to 30 years, so that each cartridge, whether it contains sugars, complex carbohydrates, protein or some other basic building block, would be fully exhausted before being returned to the store.Ubiquitous food synthesizers would also create new ways of producing the basic calories on which we all rely. Since a powder is a powder, the inputs could be anything that contain the right organic molecules. We already know that eating meat is environmentally unsustainable, so why not get all our protein from insects?If eating something spat out by the same kind of 3D printers that are currently being used to make everything from jet engine parts to fine art doesn’t sound too appetizing, that’s only because you can currently afford the good stuff, says Contractor. That might not be the case once the world’s population reaches its peak size, probably sometime near the end of this century.
    In TNO’s vision of a future of 3D printed meals, “alternative ingredients” for food include:
    • algae


    • duckweed


    • grass


    • lupine seeds


    • beet leafs


    • insects
    The audacious plan to end hunger with 3-D printed food – Quartz

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    Quote Originally Posted by pgg View Post
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    I hear the flavor varies from person to person.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ducky View Post
    I hear the flavor varies from person to person.
    I am pretty spicey, wanna bite?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ducky View Post
    I hear the flavor varies from person to person.
    Bravo.

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