The potential will be using its unique capabilities to do something new, something we can't do now
By Elaine Watson
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3D printing also offers the promise of “extensive nutritional control” by enabling end users to create customized meals and products at the touch of a button, said Dr Lipson.
But it won’t create a steak and salad, and it won’t help us make stuff we already make very efficiently via more traditional means, he stressed (there is no obvious advantage to building many foods layer by painstaking layer if you can do it at a fraction of the cost by other means).
“The potential will be using its unique capabilities to do something new, something that we can’t do now," he said. "To make things that would be impossible to fabricate using conventional technology.”