Imagine a world where a single machine could instantly print out whatever food you desired

Researchers at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland are hard at work on a vending machine that can print its own customizable snacks using 3D printing technology in conjunction with starch and cellulose-based materials.

The researchers, led by principal scientist Nesli Sozer, are also looking into the feasibility of “protein concentrates of both plant (oat and faba bean) and dairy (whey protein) origin,” according to VTT.

According to Sozer, 3D printing is already being used to create elaborate delicacies in the confection industry, but in the future, the technology could be used to create a variety of flavors, textures and nutritional value, on demand, from “crispy crunchy to soft and liquid.”

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