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3D food printers may soon be as common fixtures as microwaves in peoples' kitchens.
Not too long ago, microwave ovens were expensive, start-of-the-art devices only seen in restaurants or industrial kitchens. So, it's not too far-fetched to imagine that 3D food printers may end up taking counter space alongside microwave ovens in millions of kitchens across the land.
Startup company Essential Dynamics will soon be marketing a 3D food printer that will retail for $1,000 initially. Fast Company's Lakshmi Sandhana spoke with Founder Jamil Yosefzai, who has a vision of a 3D printer in every kitchen. "As time passes, 3D food printing we will go from novelty…to utility…to indispensability," he is quoted as saying.
"The CCML food printers require edible inks and electronic blueprints called FabApps. This machine prints food using multiple cartridges, going line by line until the desired shape is extruded. 'The electronic blueprint specifies exactly which materials go where--it is essentially a blueprint of the food item,' says Hod Lipson, the head of the lab. It’s a way to create new flavors and forms of food by varying its chemical properties. 'It’s a huge 'design space,' and the combination of tastes and textures, geometries and colors that can be achieved is enormous,' says Lipson."
CCML supports an open-source effort underway called Fab@Home, which also promotes a vision of low-cost 3D printers in every home, producing all kinds of functional 3D objects -- from food to replacement parts for household devices. The CCML folks call it "personal fabrication."
(Photo Credit: Fab@Home.)
Sep 13, 2011
This is awesome, mind-blowing technology but it i'm afraid it'll have terrible effects on society. Future generations will forget how to cook! We'll have machines cooking in restraunts! Where is that HUMAN TOUCH? I believe that cooking by hand ..... by ourselves gives food a unique taste. It allows us to cook new food. It may sound primitive but it's true. We'll won't learn the skill of cooking! We'll become so lazy that we'll probably end up like those fat sludgy people in Wall-E. I've aldready observed that people seem to getting shorter with every generation. o_O This is weird but very true. When I was in grade 9 I was about 5'8".... now in grade 11 i'm about 6" ... all the new grade niners are about 5'4! And this is not just in my school. I believe that we should develop new exciting technology and also analyse its effects at an equal pace.
Salmonella poisoning in the privacy of your (Not my,) home. Step grandson almost died, now retarded courtesy of IL processed beef. What's the progress on that Hydrogen - Infinity bomb? Or etiquette class (Manners; bikes in street with traffic abiding traffic laws per DMV manuals; drivers stopping / yielding right of way at their stop signs, stopping on traffic lines (Not 8 Ft from.)
Yeah I saw that movie, Very Prophetic, Very Likley, Everyone should see it! There's alot more going on in that movie than the forced cannabilizm!
The "Green Revolution" brought the world population from 2 billion to the current 7 billion and likely ultimately 9-12 billion. The GR was absolutely dependent on cheap mine-able phosphates used in NPK fertilizers and which 95% of global food production is dependent. Plants and animals - food stocks, can not be produced at GR levels without phosphate supplementation. In 2008 scientist estimated that there was 300 years of phosphate reserves left on earth. In 2011, those estimates were reduced to 50-100 years - with peak phosphate in less than 30 years. These estimates don't count the addition 3 billion new mouths scheduled to arrive during this period. These estimates don't count the double whammy affect of simultaneous peak oil (rising fuel prices) and peak phosphate - which accelerates the economic feasibility decline in mining remaining and more difficult to access phosphates. Pardon me if I don't get to excited about 3-D food printing in a world that has no meaningful plan of how to feed 80% of the human population as critical phosphate reserves run out. What we really need is some 3-D printing of intelligent, scientifically literate, and priority oriented national leadership. The current mold casting process of producing the same willfully ignorant political profiteer leadership again and again is quite literally killing us as a nation and as a species.
Well you just said it, "Where is that HUMAN TOUCH?". You have already made a 1 person market for food made by human hands if many more follow, humanity will not forget how to cook. Lol, not only that but what you're saying is equivalent to stating that musicians will forget how to play instruments now when they have access to music software. 3D printing food will only open a new platform, and btw... People are driving to the supermarkets today buying "instant" foods, so the only difference will be that instead of driving to the supermarket they will "print" the food at home. I really don't get your drift! xD
Your last paragraph says it all! And maybe they could print out a leader who actually reads and knows how to pronounce nuclear!
Back in the 70s and 80's so-called scientists predicted that the "population bomb" would end mankind by starvation early this century because so many people would inhabit the planet food production simply couldn't keep up. In reality even more people were born than predicted, but the only starvation in the world is occurring where politics prevent the food from being distributed. These cited experts are wrong way more than they are right. Just look at the citing that phosphates would be depleted in 300 years, now it's 50 to 100 years. That means they were off by either a factor of 3 or 6. Not very reliable science. I think it's all BS like global warming. These scientists predictions would probably be more accurate if they just threw darts at a dartboard and cited those results as their hypothesis.
Why not? We've already got the tri-corder. Have you seen what an iPhone can do? I think it already does things that Kirk's tri-corder couldn't. Lock onto my coordinates Scotty!
Edible ink? That sounds even less appetizing than the synthetic food from a Trek replicator or in other sci fi stories. About as far as you could get from the locally grown, organic food trend. I'm no foodie but since I don't live in a spaceship, I think I'll pass.
Look again at the food production. There is a lot more happening than our "news" is reporting. Agriculture is losing ground to a lot of things -- housing and city expansion, top soil eroding, pest control failing, contaminants rising... The population boom is also influencing all of our systems in a bad way. New consumer products could easily account for the additional usage of phosphates as it also degrades other ecological systems. The system is not sustaining itself and climate change is another factor. Believe or not, the climate is changing and not for the better. This last year was record setting in every state, in every place on the globe, in every season, in every way. Watch out for good water... it will be scarce very soon.
True... "Scientists" are forever quoted to back up some fad the government tries to push on us the people.. I wish one of the "scientists" would identify himself and answer questions, starting with 'Who paid you to support this crap?' In addition, REAL scientists can explain why phosphorus mining isn't even necessary. Listen to a quality garden show, read some Texas A&M literature or make friends with a prolific gardener who doesn't use soil-destroying fertilizer at all.
several smartphones can do things Spock Bones and Scott 's toys couldn't do, but not everything by any stretch and the iphone does much less than most others'.