I am on a bit of a food tech path this month, but I had to write about 3D food printing given all of my work in the industry. While I have not tested any food grade 3D printers yet, I have the newest Ultimaker S5 ready to unbox and am in talks to take a deep dive on the latest cool FabPro 1000 SLA 3D printer from 3D Systems. The Research and Markets executive summary highlights how “The global 3D food printing market is strongly motivated by the increasing demand for customized food products with nutrient content tailored for individual dietary needs. Depending on the food fabrication technique, several 3D printing technologies have been applied in this field to meet the demand for food design and materials processing. The major types of technologies incorporated for 3D printing of food are fused deposition modeling, selective sintering, binder jetting, and ink-jet printing.” Biozoon Food Innovations GmbH. NuFood LLC. Crafty Machines Ltd. BeeHex – advanced 3D food printing and robotics that started with a NASA funded project. Of course, there is a specialty conference on 3D printed food: 3D Food Printing Conference, 5th edition on June 26-27, 2019 in The Netherlands. The bigger issues driving these innovations revolve around figuring out how to create sustainable food manufacturing systems as food needs change around the world. 3D food printing is expected to provide innovative ways to feed an ever-increasing global population.

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