A major tech company is throwing their hat into the 3D food printing ring. According to 3Dprint.com, China-based Lenovo — which makes items like smartphones, computers, and tablets — unveiled a 3D printer at the Lenovo Tech World Conference in Beijing this week. The printers — which are currently only concepts — could print food, and even chocolate. Lenovo did not reveal when the printers would be available for purchase. Tech Times writes that the printer looks like it would appeal to 3D printing "hobbyists" and people who are "true blue chocolate lovers."
Lenovo's move into the consumer 3D printing space is big news for the industry.It could mean that other, similar companies — and their large research allotments — may enter this space, accelerating the growth rate of 3D food printing technology.
Over the past few years, 3D printing has seen quite a bit of growth. Not only are there heavy duty printers for pastry chefs to create sugar sculptures, but a company is working on an affordable printer for the home cook. London played host to a pop-up restaurant last month that only served 3D printed food. Worldwide, researchers have also been testing the boundaries of the technology. They have figured out how to print everything from Nutella to crackers that sprout into salads.