You may have heard that 3D printing can create everything from cars to action figure toys, well now Finland-based VTT Technical Research Centre has found a way to create yummy snacks out of thin air…sort of.
The company is using 3D printing to develop smart vending machines that will be able to produce completely customizable snacks.
Imagine being able to choose from a variety of flavors and textures, to build your own food on-demand. Researchers are now looking into the viability of printing protein concentrates from plants like oats, beans, and whey.
Principal Scientist Nesli Sözer says,
A great deal of work is needed in order to proceed to industrial-scale production. Equipment needs to be developed in addition to materials. Such equipment could be developed for domestic 3D food printing as well as vending machines.