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The Daily 3D Detail: 3D printer vs. childhood obesity

Posted by Franka Schoening On July - 24 - 2017

Vegetables in their natural state – often rejected by children

Obesity is on the rise worldwide. Enabled by fatty fast food and sugary drinks that are constantly available, flavorful and advertised to children at a young age. Getting kids to eat their veggies can be a constant battle for parents. Professor Carla Severini, and her team at the University of Foggia, are here to facilitate sneaking veggies into your family’s dinner. Using a 3D printer, the study turned blended banana, white beans, mushrooms and milk into octopus-shaped treats. Treats that are not only fun to eat, but also nutrient-rich. The team is furthermore experimenting with fish, cauliflower and insects, a source of protein commonly rejected in Western cultures. Allowing children to experiment with food, will hopefully transform them into vegetable lovers from an early age on. Read the whole article here.

Is this how we will ensure that our children eat a healthy diet? What do you think?

3D Printing Comes to Breakfast

Posted by Editor On April - 26 - 2016

The PancakeBot is the world’s first food printer capable of printing pancakes by automatically dispensing batter directly onto a griddle. Pancake designs can be loaded onto the PancakeBot via SD card. Users can make their own pancake designs with the included software or browse through our online community that is updated with new designs every week.

The Pancakebot is the the creation of Miguel Valenzuela, a husband, father, inventor, and artist who daylights as a civil engineer. Currently living in Norway, he spends his time teaching kids about the maker movement, designing and building robots, and working with his daughters on new ideas.

PancakeBot started off as Miguel’s whimsical dream to make a “Pancake Machine” out of LEGO for his two young daughters. As he was reading Make magazine one day, his older daughter, Lily, asked him what he was reading.

One day, Miguel was reading a Make magazine article about a pancake stamping machine made out of LEGO. His 3-year-old daughter, Lily, was understandably fascinated by the idea and wanted her father to make a pancake invention of his own. Thus, PancakeBot was born.

Miguel worked on developing and improving various LEGO designs and printed his first successful pancakes after 6 months. The PancakeBot was first revealed to the public at the World Maker Faire in New York. The response and interest from the public was so great that Miguel decided to build a more advanced version.

Fast-forward to 2014, when Miguel displayed an acrylic version of the PancakeBot at both the San Mateo and White House Maker Faire. The public loved it. Inspired by their response, Miguel partnered with StoreBound, a company with the skills and know-how necessary to bring a refined version of the product to market. Together, they have succeeded in introducing the PancakeBot to kitchens around the world.

For more on the Pancakebot, visit: http://www.pancakebot.com/

The Future of Food

Posted by Editor On April - 18 - 2016

Think about the replicators on Star Trek and the many other machines that litter science fiction movies, which prep, cook, and serve meals on command. This could actually be our future. 3D food printing has the potential to revolutionize food production by boosting culinary creativity, food sustainability, and nutritional customizability, but technical and market barriers still face it in the years to come.

For more on this story visit Digital Trends magazine at: http://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/3d-food-printers-how-they-could-change-what-you-eat/