3D printing food is now becoming more of a reality. So much so that we could be seeing 3D printed food in restaurants or in our kitchen in the near future. Initiatives that mix 3D technologies and food are more and more numerous; this new manufacturing method makes it possible to create foods with more complex and original shapes and innovative recipes. It also offers more customization to adapt with the diet diversity. Typically, food 3D printers rely on technology similar to fused deposition modeling. Instead of using ink as a medium, consumer level food 3D printers use melted chocolate that solidifies as soon as it leaves the printing nozzle.
Since the appearance of a 3D printed food depends on the model that was created to instruct the printer, a wide variety of shapes, textures, and decorations can be produced. Printed foods may resemble those of traditional foods, such as a pizza, or they may have an unusual or even unique look. With 3D printing, foods with intricate designs or decorations can be created more easily by a printer than by hand.