First of all, from now on 3D Food Printing transforms into #3DFP.
Sometimes through not knowing what something it is, eventually we get to what it is. But NOT for 3DFP.
What is 3D Food Printing? Easy. Food + 3D Printing.
3D Printing is a set of various processes that allow us to bring a 3 dimensions digital design into a real world object. 3DFP has same scope with the peculiarity that the result is edible. By edible we do not mean swallowing swords edible, we mean edible as any common sense food you will eat during your breakfast, lunch, meal or dinner.
That short different is at the same time gigantic. Why? because we are merging a disruptive technology, 3D Printing, with a human necessity, food. This exciting combination is going to be a game changer. My hand on fire for it. But at the same time, expectations and current technology state of the art tend to be really off. This creates a bad first impression for people that heard about 3DFP for the first time. People expect StarTrek replicators, they get churros.
There is a fun fact behind the Start Trek thought. The Replicator is the kind of printer that we would accept as the first type or approach to 3DFP that would take chefs jobs. That being said, if 3D printing in general ever get there, there will be thousands of other jobs taken before chefs. So if you are a chef and you are scared of loosing your job because of 3DFP, don’t. Our bet is that flying cars are closer than Replicators.
Ok, we accept that current 3DFP are not Replicators. Then what they are? Lots of people that have seen and even used 3DFP answer saying that are like automatic pastry bags. Truth being said most of the existing 3DFP
abuse a paste extruding mechanism that resembles at some point to a pastry bag. But that is just a type of technology used for 3DFP. Not 3DFP itself.
So 3DFP is not going to take chefs jobs, is not about printing pastes or purees. then What? For us 3D Food Printing is any of various processes or technologies that enables the design and creation of new experiences for food. And that is the simplest and THE reason why we are so hooked to 3DFP.