3D-Printing Applications Being Developed by Food Industry, Military, & Healthcare

Published by , November 6, 2018 2:11 pm

(ThomasNet) 3D printing has carved a place for itself in many sectors and has even started to find applications in the food and beverage industry. Today, 3D-printed food is mostly experimental and playful, focusing primarily on easy-to-print items such as pancakes or candies. Currently, research and development efforts are underway in industry, the military, NASA and healthcare applications.
The process of 3D printing food isn’t so different from additive printing’s use in industrial applications; using an extrusion process and pureed food pastes instead of plastic filaments, a user simply inputs the shape they desire, and the printer produces the meal. Similar to the traditional industrial 3D printer market, there is a wide variety of food printing machines available, ranging from desktop to professional-grade.