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New tech can 3D print your food

Press Trust of India  |  Seoul 

Scientists have developed a new technique to 3D print that can allow users to cook according to their preferences.

of works much like of other materials in that layers of raw material are deposited to build up a

In addition to offering customised options, the ability to at home or on an industrial scale could greatly reduce and the cost involved with storage and

It might also help meet the rapidly increasing of a growing world population.

"We built a platform that uses to create that allow and body absorption to be customised on a personal level," said Jin-Kyu Rhee, at in

"We think that one day, people could have cartridges that contain powdered versions of various ingredients that would be put together using printing and cooked according to the user's needs or preferences," said Rhee.

For the study, researchers used a prototype 3D printer to create food with microstructures that replicated the physical properties and nanoscale texture they observed in

They also demonstrated that their platform and optimised methods can turn carbohydrate and protein powers into food with microstructures that can be tuned to control and how the food is absorbed by the body.

"We are only in early stages, but we believe our research will move 3D to the next level," said Rhee.

"We are continuing to optimise our to create and products that exhibit longer storage times and enhanced functionality in terms of body absorption," she said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, April 25 2018. 11:30 IST