3D-Printing Food

The Department of Defense’s Combat Feeding Directorate is exploring 3D-printing food by developing 3D-printed meal bars that enhance performance and address soldiers’ nutritional needs, per C&EN.

3D-printed food is made through an additive manufacturing process similar to standard 3D printing — except it’s done using edible materials.

Across Europe, several restaurants and butchers are offering 3D-printed “meat” cuts, made from ingredients such as soy protein and chickpeas, manufactured by the startup Redefine Meat.

In the U.S., an LA-based digital bakery 3D-prints candy and a Columbia University lab just revealed a seven-ingredient 3D slice of cheesecake.