by Low Lai Chow in New Food and Packaging on Saturday 25 May 2013

We’ve been going on and on about 3D-printing, but we still didn’t see this coming: yes, of all things, a 3D food printer. Er, why not just eat food? Mechanical engineer Anjan Contractor, who designed the printer, sees a future in printing out customized meals to help us all address nutrient deficiencies unique to us, and also minimalize food waste since the food cartridges used to print these layers of sugars, complex carbohydrates, protein or others can last up to 30 years.

Now, that sounds reasonable. Plus, the fact that the company behind it, Systems & Materials Research Corporation, just got a six-month $125,000 grant from NASA to create a prototype of the food synthesiser, only goes to show that this might just work out somehow.