Recently, European Union (EU) launched a 3D printing of food campaign specifically aimed at the elderly or dysphagia people, Foodjet 3D printers and 3D printing technology will be used to create suitable nutrition for the elderly, which means that in the near future, 3D printing food will appear on the table. And more and more 3D printers will also appear in our homes, such as da Vinci 1.0 3D printer.
There are more and more elderly people all over the world. But with the increase of age, the decline of the function, such as stroke, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other diseases, makes them swallow difficultly, and even feel painful, According to statistics, up to 60% of elderly people in nursing homes have dysphagia, and this number is rising. However, at present, solutions seems only to be liquid diet or mashed food, as a result, they lose appetite, followed by malnutrition.
In order to solve this problem, in the past three years, 14 countries in EU have spent about 3 million euros in developing a comprehensive, automated and personalized 3D printing food supply chain. By Foodjet 3D food printer, scientists have been able to print out some food, which imitates the taste of some food for the elderly, such as peas and dumplings, and has reasonable nutritional value, according to each person’s needs.