What if everyday food was created using a 3D printer? I sought to explore this idea after reading about food printers and food CNC machines being produced today. Food printers today create masterpieces out of chocolate, dough, and other foods that can be easily extruded/piped. They exist for hobbyists who want to create complexly decorated cookies and intricate, custom designed cakes. Food CNC machines work in the same way, producing items such as the “perfect burrito” or an M&M cake mosaic.
What fascinates me more, however, are the companies seeking to create printers that can assemble and grow animal cells into food items such as a beef patty. In fact, a printer has been produced that can do so, but a burger made with this printer would cost well over $300,000 dollars. Animal cells have also been successfully grown to create strips of muscle, something akin to a steak but without the blood. These printers are marketed as more sustainable and animal friendly… People in the future might be able to eat meat without hurting a single animal… In fact, the people of the future may not even have to worry about greenhouse gases and other by-products of livestock production.
This video is a short infomercial for a cheap bottom-line household food printer. It’s nothing fancy or amazing… It’s a run-of-the-mill printer, something that a person might see on an advertisement and purchase at a big box superstore. In making the video I tried to touch lightly on a few subjects of interest such as:
- What would a cheap food printer look like?
- What type of people would use such an appliance?
- What would cookbooks of the future be like?
- What would you buy at the grocery store?
- What would cooking classes be like?
- What is gourmet cooking in the future?
There we have it. Enjoy my low-budget cheesy infomercial! P.S. It is an mp4, because for some reason I could not export a .mov
Credits and Thanks:
- Music from http://www.sounddogs.com
- Sound effects from http://www.soundjay.com
- Thanks to my husband for being my actor and narrator. A bout of bronchitis over spring break left me without a voice for almost the entire week.