By John Biggs, TechCrunch – April 9, 2014
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.
According to the website:
The powder mixtures of seneoPro series enable universal implementation so that both family caregivers and professional cooks and nurses can easily make the new diets. Appetizers, main dishes, desserts and snacks can now custom fit, balanced and also be made visually appealing above all things. A food with all your senses, pleasure and enjoyment is possible again, a structured daily functioning can be restored.
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.
Here’s a further, edited translation from the Biozoon website
The seneoPro® – texturizer is a smooth food concept, which was designed by the renowned home chefs Markus Biedermann and Herbert Thill.
It allows a new type of diet for people with chewing and swallowing difficulties, who can not tolerate normal food.
The four different texturizers enable the implementation of so-called diets to which airy or stable foams include gels or thickened liquids. An adapted and balanced diet are possible as is increasing the quality of life.