Food printing

Food printing isn’t a wild idea anymore. For example chocolate printing, it uses the FDM technique to print chocolate. Such a printer has approximately the same size as a 3D printer for domestic use. Nowadays it’s mainly used by bakers to customize their pastry.


The idea of food printing in the future will go much further. For example that you can download a recipe on the Internet, send it to the printer and when it’s ready you can take place at the table and start to eat.

It would also be possible to print a type of food with a shape of another type of food. Mix different tastes and create new tastes. A new world will be opened for the gastronomic sector.


In the following link you could also find a movie about the food printer concept.


3 thoughts on “Food printing

  1. Hello Jimmy,

    I knew that these principles already exist for foods such as chocolate, as you mentioned yourself. In this case it is a pretty simple and straightforward application. You buy chocolate, you melt it, you put it in the printer and you print. Now I was wondering how you see the example that you mentioned about downloading a recipe and printing it. Just to be very practical, let’s say you download a recipe for a steak with french fries. How would this work in reality? Because we, as operator, still need to provide the building stones for the machine. Like you provide ink for a ‘normal’ printer, or chocolate for the chocolateprinter. You should have to buy the steak, mash it up, put it in the printer and then he will reshape it? Or how does this work exactly? I’m just having troubles imagining the real life application of this machine.

    What I do like, however, is the Diagnostic Kitchen mentioned on the Philips site. Your food is being scanned and then you are told exactly how much you should eat. I think this woud be a very big step forward in preventing obesity, as this is a big problem in the Western countries at the moment. I think it should even go one step further, and ask for instance what you want to eat in the evening, and then it calculates how much exactly you should buy (if this is possible, since the correct portions are not always available in the super market) or then at least how much you should actually prepare. This would prevent a lot of food from being thrown away. Because one of the things that really makes me sick is the amount of good food that is being thrown away daily. So if this could be prevented, it would perhaps make for a little better world and perhaps a little less starvation!

    I’m curious to hear your input!


  2. I think that food printing in the future can’t be compared with a normal dish form now.
    It’s more like a recipe that combines differed tastes and structures. Probably there will also be standard cartridges with the differed tastes and structures. So we don’t need to blend our food before we can print it again. The Diagnostic Kitchen is indeed a good example against the waste in the society.

  3. Another good example of printing the food is for people who can’t eat the normal food anymore. I think of nursing home residents and maybe sick people in the hospital. These ‘patients’ that can’t eat the original food nowadays only get this food mixed together like a sort of pudding. This is not good for their wellfare and in this way printing can be a solution. First for example carrotes can get mixed and put in the printer, then the printer will print these mixed carrots into the form of a carrot so it will still look like the real food but the texture will be softer so it is edible for the nursing home residents.

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