When scientists first discovered 3D-printing, the sky was the limit on their potential. They could quickly and uniformly make anything in the world from plastic parts to full houses and everything in between.
It was even theorized that 3D-printing was going to bring in a new chapter of space exploration as scientist delved into using rocks and dust from the moon to construct useable space parts.
Science can go anywhere…
According to a video from WREG News Channel 3, an inventor has created a rice protein-based, 3D-printed, vegan “steak.” The paltry “steak” is fully edible and takes 10 minutes to print and another 2 minutes to cook.
“Who’s ready for a little rice protein, pea protein and algae fiber squeezed out of a 3D printer into something that this guy claims resembles a steak?” Twitchy asked.
Check it out:
This is a 3D-printed vegan steak. It takes about 10 minutes to print, two minutes to cook, and its inventor hopes the steak can take the place of beef steak because the vegan version is better for the environment. Would you give it a try? pic.twitter.com/yp9MIHTn5I
— WREG News Channel 3 (@3onyourside) March 1, 2019
The “steak” represents only a first prototype of what 3D-printing is capable of, the inventor said, adding that future versions of the “steak” would be “meatier” and thick.
Other inventors and companies are already looking to seize on the idea of printing edible food, it seems the future is here.
All3DP reports, “3D printed food could enable us to reinvent our culinary ways on many levels, from texture to shape and artistic vision.”
“The new technology also offers many possibilities to make the consumption of products like meat more sustainable and space travel more comfortable by introducing new ways of preparing a meal in space,” the report continues.
And, “The possibilities are endless and are sure to continue to surpass our expectations in the future to come.”
Tech Republic reports the invention may soon make its way into homes and restaurants across the country:
Imagine stepping into the kitchen of the great smart home of the future. Sitting between your connected stove and IoT-enabled toaster is a 3D food printer, able to print and cook your favourite meal with a single touch of a screen.
According to 3D food printing company Natural Machines, this concept is not far from becoming a reality. Others, such as pizza printing specialist BeeHex, believe it is a matter of years before it becomes a common feature of not only the home, but in restaurant kitchens and commercial enterprises as well.
Here’s what some people are saying:
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