In the fictional TV series Star Trek a replicator is used to create the food of your choice. This Science Fiction device could be closer to reality following a project by a team from the Computational Synthesis Lab at Cornell University.
Its based on the Fab@Home 3D Printer platform, using hydrocolloids (xanthium gums and gelatin) and flavour additives as the printing materials which are loaded into syringes and placed on the printer head.
Read an interesting article on the 3D Food Printer by Designboom at
There's a technical paper Hydrocolloid Printing: A Novel Platform for Customized Food Production at
Fab@Home is an open-source project that provides the designs and tools necessary to build your own 3D printer. The Fab@Home website is at