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Food 3D printing

Food 3D printing is a process of creating three-dimensional edible objects, typically using a specialized food 3D printer. The process involves depositing layers of food materials in precise shapes and patterns to create the desired object or structure.Material extrusion is by far the most common process for 3D printing food, and, similar to FDM printing, requires paste-like inputs like purées, mousses, and other viscous foods such as chocolate ganache.

Food 3D printing is still in the early stages of development, and the types of food materials that can be used in the process are currently limited. Some examples of food materials that have been used in food 3D printing include chocolate, cheese, dough, and various plant-based and lab-grown materials. It is expected that the range of food materials that can be used in food 3D printing will continue to expand as the technology develops. 

The most advanced 3D food printers have pre-loaded recipes on board and also allow the user to remotely design their food on their computers, phones or some IoT device. The food can be customized in shape, color, texture, flavor or nutrition, which makes it very useful in various fields such as space exploration and healthcare.

Source: BBC

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