3-D printed food leaps from fan­tasy to the ta­ble

China Daily (USA) - - LIFE | DINING - By MIKE PETERS michaelpeters@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Le­an­dro Rolon has a dream. “Imag­ine,” he says as we stroll through his Bei­jing de­sign stu­dio, De­facto. “You get up in the morn­ing and your 3-D printer/ oven has al­ready cre­ated your cus­tom break­fast bar. It’s made for your taste and for your body’s needs, be­cause you did a saliva scan be­fore you went to bed. So your oven knows if you have a hang­over, or you’re low on cer­tain min­er­als. It also knows if you’re spend­ing the morn­ing at the gy­mor sit­ting in an of­fice.”

We’re go­ing to see driver­less cars on the road next year, he notes, and tech­nol­ogy will push 3-D print­ing for uses like food equally fast. He’ll be speak­ing on the topic on Wed­nes­day at a “Fu­ture of Food” sem­i­nar at TheHatch­ery in Bei­jing.

“The first prin­ters could only cre­ate items from a few ma­te­ri­als, but now more than 200 ma­te­ri­als can be used,” he says. “Sugar. Cho­co­late. Plas­tics. Wood.”

Rolon and his busi­ness part­ner, Aus­trian de­signer David Doe­pel, have moved quickly, too.

Trained as an ar­chi­tect, the chatty Rolon says he en­joyed that work but be­came frus­trated be­cause many com­mis­sioned struc­tures are never built.

Imag­ine, you get up in the morn­ing and your 3-D printer/oven has al­ready cre­ated your cus­tom break­fast bar.”

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