Care homes in Sweden are to begin serving 3D printed food for the elderly in a bid to stimulate residents’ appetites.
The Telegraph reported that municipalities wanted to use the advanced technology to make pureed food look more appetising.
Richard Asplund, head of the catering department at Halmstad municipality, said: “When you find it hard to chew and swallow, the food that exists today doesn’t look very appetising.
“So the idea is to make something more aesthetic to look at, to make it look good to eat by recreating the original form of the food.”
The technology will enable the municipality and its partners to transform purified broccoli and chicken into florets and drumsticks.
The first meals produced by the project, which is being co-ordinated with state innovation body Rise, are expected to appear at care homes in Halmstad and Helsingborg by the end of the year.
Other partners in the scheme include food providers Findus and Solina, 3D printing companies Cellink and Addema, and researchers at Lund University and the University of Kristianstad.
Originally developed for manufacturing processes, 3D printing is able to develop three dimensional objects from digital files.