Columbia University researchers have developed a device that produces food suitable for human consumption. One component is a 3D printer.

A few decades ago, when NASA was still working on conquering the moon, they started showing a cartoon. This was well-deservedly popular Jetson family, who, according to the story, are already still alive in the future and are able to get food at the touch of a button, among other things. If not quite that, but something similar has been accomplished at Columbia University: a device has been made that produces the product, on the one hand, and a laser makes it fit for consumption.

About the special machine A zinger gave the news. According to the report, a 3D printer has been converted to flow a base made of chicken meat onto tiles. The printer is useful because the materials coming out of the tube can be precisely controlled: you can decide what it tastes like, how many nutrients it should contain, as well as what it should look like when it flows out. (How tasty this method is, let’s look at it now.)

Once the researchers developed the correct recipe, they also developed a tool to make the contaminated raw material edible. Their choice fell on a precise laser: this ensures that not only the top layer of chicken is edible. The researchers tested several samples for this purpose because they were curious about how quickly each beam raised the surface temperature of the material.

Eventually, infrared became the runner because it tanned meat more effectively.

An important finding of the research was that the food produced with the new method shrunk less than the traditional method and was also more juicy. Blind testers requested by the university also found imprinted chickens to be better.

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Columbia University wants the system to be commercially available and a database available. According to the researchers, this will allow those interested to freely exchange recipes and share dishes. Of course, there is still a lot of research to be done, but most importantly, an affordable version of the system also needs to be developed.

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