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Bernard Marr is a world-renowned futurist, influencer and thought leader in the fields of business and technology, with a passion for using technology for the good of humanity. He is a best-selling author of 20 books, writes a regular column for Forbes and advises and coaches many of the world’s best-known organisations. He has over 2 million social media followers, 1 million newsletter subscribers and was ranked by LinkedIn as one of the top 5 business influencers in the world and the No 1 influencer in the UK.

Bernard’s latest book is ‘Business Trends in Practice: The 25+ Trends That Are Redefining Organisations’

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Bernard Marr ist ein weltbekannter Futurist, Influencer und Vordenker in den Bereichen Wirtschaft und Technologie mit einer Leidenschaft für den Einsatz von Technologie zum Wohle der Menschheit. Er ist Bestsellerautor von 20 Büchern, schreibt eine regelmäßige Kolumne für Forbes und berät und coacht viele der weltweit bekanntesten Organisationen. Er hat über 2 Millionen Social-Media-Follower, 1 Million Newsletter-Abonnenten und wurde von LinkedIn als einer der Top-5-Business-Influencer der Welt und von Xing als Top Mind 2021 ausgezeichnet.

Bernards neueste Bücher sind ‘Künstliche Intelligenz im Unternehmen: Innovative Anwendungen in 50 Erfolgreichen Unternehmen’

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What Is 3D Printed Food?

2 November 2021

If you’ve ever longed to give your best friend a piece of chocolate with the shape of her face on it for her birthday – take heart. 3D-printed food is now making it possible.

This article covers how 3D printed foods are created and explores some ways this new type of cuisine is already being used.

What Is 3D Printed Food? | Bernard Marr

How 3D Food Is Created

3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is the process of creating three-dimensional objects from digital files. Objects are created one layer at a time, and 3D printers can create complex shapes relatively quickly (faster than many traditional manufacturing methods, in fact).

Most printers for 3D food use a similar technique to regular 3D printers. They deposit a food-safe 3D printer filament (like chocolate, tomato, or other flavors) onto a build plate based on a model you design yourself, or one that you download.

Have you ever put icing on a cupcake using a piping bag? Food printers work in a similar way. They deposit the edible filaments into your desired shapes, one layer at a time, creating a three-dimensional food model as it prints.

Is 3D Printed Food Safe to Eat?

In a word, yes. Food for human consumption must meet stringent federal safety requirements, and 3D food printers and edible filaments must follow those standards.

4 Exciting Use Cases for 3D Printed Food

Cruelty-free, environmentally-friendly meat: Redefine Meat and Novameat are working to develop 3D printed meat that mimics the taste, smell, and texture of real meat, using printable, plant-based materials. Novameat wants to start supplying national supermarkets by 2021 with 3D printers that will supply meat without killing farm animals.

Space food: NASA is experimenting with 3D printed pizza as an alternative to typical boring astronaut food. The Beehex company can 3D print entire 12-inch pizzas in under five minutes, which are ideal not only for use in space but also potentially in pizza restaurants and takeaways.

Biometric 3D Printed Sushi: Open-Meals may revolutionize the way we eat with their digitized food. When making reservations for their restaurant, Sushi Singularity (set to open in Tokyo, Japan), guests receive a health test kit that will give the restaurant information about their unique biometrics nutritional needs, which allows the restaurant to use bespoke 3D printers to create a meal that is personalized to people's biodata.

Food for people who have difficulty chewing: Nursing homes in Germany serve a 3D-printed food product called Smoothfoods to elderly residents who have trouble chewing and swallowing.

Curious about 3D food printing? There are quite a few 3D printers on the market right now that will help you create digital versions of things like pastries, chocolate sculptures, and pasta. The current 3D food printers are a bit pricey, however, with many in the range of $3,000 - $4,000.

For more information on 3D printing and other transformative technology trends, check out my books and subscribe to my YouTube channel.

Business Trends In Practice | Bernard Marr
Business Trends In Practice | Bernard Marr

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