Technology has been a consistent force in the betterment of humanity, constantly pushing it to reconsider old ways of doing things and what could be improved. Key industries that have just about always utilized technology, from factories to old-fashioned wheels and farm equipment, include agriculture and manufacturing. In fact, 3D printing might be able to help produce food! Let’s look at what this technology could do to fill the stomachs of hungry people around the world.
How Does 3D Printing Food Help?
There are several advantages to 3D printing food, including:
Food is More Customizable
3D printing makes for more ways to make food unique to the individual. Instead of hand-crafting a masterpiece meal, a chef or a cook can use a 3D printer to get the desired outcome much more quickly and efficiently. The “ink” of the printer could be enhanced with more vitamins and minerals, or they could be made healthier by including fewer calories based on the individual’s specific needs.
Food Becomes More Accessible
People have different dietary preferences and medical restrictions, which can sometimes complicate the seemingly simple process of eating for sustenance. 3D printing can resolve the issue of food scarcity and make it more accessible for all. Here are some ways that 3D printing food can make food more accessible:
- Some medical conditions make swallowing food difficult, and food can be made more palatable for those with dysphagia by improving the texture of such pre-processed food.
- Whether it’s for ethical reasons or health reasons, some people prefer not to eat meat, even if they enjoy the taste. There are meat substitutes that can be effectively 3D printed to replicate the smell, taste, and texture of meat.
- The same can be said for more expensive meats, as they can be 3D printed to be more readily available with similar makeup.
- Some more sustainable nutrient sources, like crickets and unconventional plants, can be used to make more appetizing foods through the use of 3D printing.
Less Food is Wasted
3D printing leaves less waste for food products, as the exact, precise amount can be used during the manufacturing process. Food can also be repurposed and recycled in a similar way, leading to less waste.
Technology is Amazing, Really!
If technology can do all of this for food production, imagine what it can do for your business. We want to encourage you to get creative with the application of innovative solutions like 3D printing and other business technology to push your organization to the next level. To get started, reach out to us 978-798-6805.