People who have been in a nursing home and inside the cafeteria will know that eating is one of the most difficult activities for an elderly person. They are most probably being served food which is easy to chew, such as puree and mashed food, but in most cases this comes at the expense of taste. However, a German company by the name of Biozoon Smoothfood is seeking to change the way elderly people eat and aims to bring some taste to their meals by using 3D-printed, easy-to-chew food.
THe company states that it is using liquified ingredients such as vegetables, meat, carbs and others instead of ink or PLA which a 3D printer would normally use. The ingredients then are inserted into the printer’s cartridge and come out as food which ‘melts in your mouth’, thanks to a binding agent. Bizoon currently makes six types of food, namely peas, pork, chicken, cauliflower, pasta and potatoes, but the company states they will add more diversity in the future.
Given that is a 3D printer, the food can be made in any shape dictated by the software. However, nobody wants to eat for example meat in the shape of fruit, therefore the company makes the food in the shape of its food items. Currently, the food is made off-site, but Bizoon plans to place printers directly inside nursing homes in the future since it makes it more practical and at hand to serve the food as soon as it is made.