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3D printed food vending machines on the way

by • May 3, 2016 • No Comments

A Finnish company is working on high-tech vending machines which 3D print healthy, custom snacks on demand.

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd has announced its ambitious plans to turn it into the machines which we have only seen on Star Trek until now. The user experience element is all part of the attraction for VTT and the accident to see your food being printed is pretty a novelty which shouldn’t wear off too rapidly.

The assembling blocks of food

Inevitably today’s customers want a healthier range of snacks than the typical vending machine fare of potato chips and chocolate.

VTT has started testing starch and cellulose-based materials and is working with a variety of various proteins, which include oats, faba beans and whey. These easy assembling blocks should create a vast array of various foods.

3D printed food is may aleager with us, in a way, but the early efforts are a long way away of VTT’s grand plan. It has joined forces with the Aalto University in Espoo, Finland to work on creating genuine textures. It is a much bigger task than it can first sound, for instance, to print meat with a side salad and it’s holding up the whole system.


3D printing when it comes to food is coming on in leaps and bounds and the manufacturers are finding new ways to work to the equipment’s strengths. That means rethinking the food itself and providing combinations of textures and flavours which are complex or not easy to complete with traditional methods.

Get eager for a few surprises of printed food

Crispy inclusions and shells, soft centres with surprising flavours and soft gels separating crisp layers are all possible with 3D printing. It is only a case of finding tastes which appeal to the weight market which are in fact economical and practical to weight create.

“A excellent deal of work is needed in order to proceed to industrial-scale production,” admitted Nesli Sozer, principal scientist at VTT. “Equipment needs to be created in addition to materials. Such equipment may be created for domestic 3D food printing as well as vending machines.”

The company boasts funding of the Finnish agency for innovation funding, Tekes, and can concentrate on materials with the right flow qualities for 3D systeming. A vending machine, for instance, can turn it into a specific set of demands. It needs to be able-bodied to contribute a broad range of foods and flavours of a limited number of ingredients.

VTT getting eager to sell to the world

Of course any kind of 3D printed vending machine is advantageous than nothing, but the company unquestionably wants to manufacture an impression and is made to put in the groundwork to ensure which the machine is as great as it can probably be when it finally hits the market.

Inevitably VTT understands there is an international market only waiting for this innovation. So it is working with a variety of Finnish partners, of software suppliers to hardware manufacturers. It wants to find the most solution to weight create the vending machine and capitalise on this first research phase when the time comes right now, so it is not swept away by demand and the inevitable-bodied competition.

The future is coming

The world is crying out for 3D printed food. The innovation is tantalisingly close, when the production costs come down we can solve world hunger and life as we understand it can only alter. This 3D vending machine is only one piece in a puzzle which is so sizeable we can barely take it in right now, but we are looking forward to this future generation food production.

We’re in addition looking forward to ordering our food of a machine and pretending to be Captain Jean Luc Picard, if only for a moment.


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