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Additive manufacturing or what is now popularly known as 3D printing has seen tremendous growth in the tech sector over the past few years. There is a thriving community - from individual entrepreneurs to big businesses - who are exploring the potential of 3D printing. From concept cars to guns, children's toys, prosthetics, houses, etc. the number of products being 3D printed has multiplied at an alarming rate.
The concept of 3D printing is very straightforward, wherein a 3D printer acts in the capacity of an industrial robot, and helps to create models which are either designed by using CAD (Computer Aided Design) or via 3D scanner. 3D printed objects can not only be of any shape or geometry, but, if used with a well-calibrated printer, can be incredibly close to its design source while being cost-effective.
With its new found popularity and the potential to disrupt a variety of industries, 3D printing is now also finding vast acceptance in the food industry. The fundamental thought behind 3D printed food is the immense possibility of a tabletop 3d printer which can print affordable and tasty meals without an extensive need of cooking knowledge. Although in its nascent phase, 3D printing is poised to change the future of the food industry, and its impact is already being felt on a global scale.
Many innovators in the 3d printing industry have come up with food printers that enable us to eat healthy and nutritious food more regularly. 3D food printers not only use fresh ingredients for a variety of recipes, but also allow stricter control over food portion sizes, thereby reducing overconsumption. Another advantage of these printers is that you can even regulate preservatives, additives and other chemicals added to your food, thereby leading to a healthier meal plan. Some of the examples of such 3D food printers include -
Sustainable and less wasteful methods of food production are extremely important in this day and age. 3D food printers are capable of positively impacting the environment in a variety of ways such as -
The rapid advances being made in the field of 3D food printing ensures that manufacturers and individuals can customize a food product with regards to flavor, nutritional value, ingredients, etc., such as -
3D food printing is poised to have a massive impact on the global economy, closing the gap between small and large-scale businesses, while giving consumers a large degree of freedom in choosing the food they want to eat. Some of the ways in which 3D printing will affect the future of the food industry include -
Just like any new technology, 3D printing has a host of new possibilities to offer, while at the same time the debate on its demerits is still raging on. But the fact remains, that we can easily see an exponential rise in the adoption rate of 3D printing technology in the coming decade, allowing the total value of the 3D printing industry to touch $3 billion. Many experts believe that global food shortage challenges can be effectively addressed by 3D printing food and that even though the technology right now is complex and expensive, 3D printers can soon become as ubiquitous as a household microwave oven.
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