A German company, Biozoon, is working on a 3D-printed food extruder that creates food that literally melts in your mouth, allowing elderly patients with dysphagia – the inability to swallow – to eat without choking.
Biozoon uses molecular gastronomy to create food that can be “printed” using a standard extruder-based printer. The food solidifies and is completely edible but when it’s eaten it quickly dissolves in the mouth. Over 60% of older patients have problems swallowing. This could save lives by ensuring they don’t aspirate food crumbs into their lungs.
The product itself can be molded and extruded in different ways and you can add colorants and texturizers to make things look and taste almost like the real thing.
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The product, called seneoPro, will be available for use in 3D printers this year. It is true “customized” food and it’s a fascinating use of the technology.