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Published: Wednesday, May 22 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

3D printed food; I can see that happening. Afterall aren't many of the processed foods that we are sold today made out of plastic. Do you think that is cheese on your cheeseburger? Nope, a thin sheet of plastic.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

Sorry but this will not make a dent in world hunger. The problem is those "cartridges of powder and oils" that have to be bought from the store are not going to be available in enough supply to feed everyone. In other words, there aren't enough raw materials available to make the food. If there were, we wouldn't have a hunger problem today.

Until we invent a machine that synthesizes food out of nothing (an impossibility according to the laws of physics), there will always be a hunger problem. Machines like this will simply change the way the hunger problem is packaged.


@ Brave Sir Robin: Americans waste enough food to make a huge dent in eliminating hunger worldwide. This invention will work to eliminate that waste by prolonging shelf-life and reducing waste in preparation, making food available to more people.

When the food waste from other first world countries is also eliminated, there will be plenty to eliminate hunger worldwide.

Omaha, NE

If I am going to have to live on nothing but 3D printed food tablets.. then give me a 3D printed gun and some 3D printed animals made up of the tablets (and some servos) and a 3D printed spade with some 3D printed dirt and 3D printed potatoes so at least I can pretend that I'm eating something real.

Ogden, Utah

Food made from "Powders and Oils"? Sounds like Soylent Green isn't too far off.


@ Ironmomo: I had that thought also.

@ Hamath: Just because it is powdered does not mean it is not real. Much food storage food is in powdered format. Freeze dried food like astronauts eat would be very easy to turn into full powders. Wheat is turned into a powder (flour) before we eat it. It really would not be that big of a change for a lot of things.

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