With the number of startups creating everything from shrimps made of specially engineered red algae to hunks of meat crafted out rice, peas, and seaweed, you could be forgiven for thinking that nobody eats a good, old-fashioned dead animal anymore. “The discussion about 3D printing as a potential technology for creating the next generation of meat has been around for years,” Eshchar Ben-Shitrit, founder and CEO of Jet-Eat, told Digital Trends. “We asked ourselves a simple question: What does it take for 3D printing to become an alternative to animals in production of meat?”. Jet-Eat has developed its own proprietary technology to try and create a 3D-printed vegan “Meat” product capable of fooling even the most bloodthirsty of carnivores. “Our unique technology combines software that defines in a digital file desired properties of the printed meat, a special printer that creates very complex structures of food based on that file, and plant-based formulations that contains an element from nature that approximates those found in meat,” Shitrit continued. “The goal is to recreate a natural product – beef – in a digital machine that is not only delivering a great product, but [can do so] in a way that can be scaled up in the future to produce large quantities in reasonable costs.” “Our strategy is to focus first on a specific product with a specific use-case. We are defining it today with the help of potential customers – chefs and butchers – as well as our partners. A commercial product is likely to be rolled out during 2020.”.
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