Take a Look Into the World's First 3D-Printed Meatless Beef Steak
Thu, April 22, 2021

Take a Look Into the World's First 3D-Printed Meatless Beef Steak

 

One of the missions of Spanish startup NovaMeat is to create an alternative to the problem of “unsustainable and inefficient industrial livestock production” and feed the Earth’s growing population while better managing our planet’s natural resources. Thus, the company created a 3D-printed, plant-based alternative to fibrous meats such as beef, salmon and pork.

 

Credits: Oddity Central

 

In 2018, Novameat created the world’s first 3D-printed plant-based beef steak. But, its recent and much-improved version shows the appearance and texture that meat lovers want. According to Oddity Central, an online site that features bizarre events, unique travel destinations, weird inventions, freaky characters, odd art, and many more, the novel plant-based meat not only matches the unique texture of beef steak but also its color. This part of the company’s goal to create a plant-based steak that looks, feels, tastes and has the same nutritional value as real meat.

“While I was researching on regenerating animal tissues through bioprinting technologies for biomedical and veterinary applications, I discovered a way to bio-hack the structure of the native 3D matrix of a variety of plant-based proteins to achieve a meaty texture,” Dr. Giuseppe Scionti, founder of NovaMeat, explained. 

 

Credits: Oddity Central

 

Scionti also stated that the novel 3D printer uses syringes filled with plant-based ingredients, forming a fibrous meat-like structure when extruded, line by line, to build up the shape the chef wants. “It is done with a printer so that we can get at the same time the appearance and the texture of a traditional steak. We are ordering the fibers as if they were muscular fibers, so we are micro-extruding these filaments so that the plant-based steak has at the same time the appearance and the texture of an actual beefsteak,” he added. 

 

Credits: NY Post

 

NovaMeat is not the only company that focuses on plant-based alternatives. Companies like Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods are also turning to plant-based alternatives to ground meat, like burger patties.

 

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