3-D printers for the kitchen


A very interesting concept that has mass appeal – definitely more appetizing than 3D printed guns. Plus, people spend more on kitchen appliances than on printers, and the “ink” should be a lot more affordable:

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.

via The audacious plan to end hunger with 3-D printed food – Quartz.

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