3D Printing Takes Over Restaurants

By Sabrina Solla, Matthew Jones and Benjamin Rabinowitz 
FEB 13, 2019

Technology has advanced from self-checkouts at the grocery stores to self-driving cars. Yet, one of the biggest investments has been in the research and development of 3D printers. Not only have they been gradually taking over manufacturing, from car parts to instruments, now 3D printers are being used to turn food into delicious work of arts.

Not all ingredient will work, and food must be puréed in order to feed it through the 3D printer. The ingredients that can be used are fruits and vegetables, doughs and batters, wheat and grains, proteins, sauces, dairy products, candy, chocolate, sugars and algae. The printed creations are safe to eat as long as natural, fresh ingredients are used. The device then prints the programmed food-shapes, which can be baked or cooked into solid forms. Emma Alois from Lavu.com explained that “A designer or chef will first design what he or she wants using a software program; the design is then printed out by the machine.”

BeeHex printer printing pizza.
Photo: General Fabb/Fabbaloo

In a CBS report, Roxana Saberi interviewed top Dutch chef, Jan Smink. Chef Smink said he uses the 3D printer to “transform” the way that the food looks.

Smink isn’t the only chef to use this type of device. In the interview, Ms. Saberi added that “Smink is the first to give printed food a permanent place in each course on the menu.” Not only is it used in restaurants, a university hospital in Utah is now printing meals for patients with dysphagia, a condition that makes it difficult for patients to swallow foods.

The 3D printer has already proven to be great in many respects, but it is just going to get better from now on. From restaurants to hospitals, who knows where the new and advanced 3D food printer will go.