Quite a few times we’ve been asked about the challenges currently facing 3D Food Printing (3DFP). In order to address some of these issues, we introduce our thoughts about the 4 human challenges for 3D food printing in the near future.
Star Trek effect
The Replicator from Star Trek is a great concept that is truley mindblowing, but also a very misleading concept. There is a large amount of people that mentally visualize 3DFP as the infamous Star Trek Replicator or that it should be.
3DFP as we know it today, and probably for a few years, is nothing more than a new kitchen tool (an awesome one) that can explore new creative ways for cooking. Understanding the difference, specifically for Chefs and cooks, will help to embrace this technology at a faster pace for the right use.
Fig. Star Trek Replicator from en.memory-alpha.org