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Rapid Prototyping Your Airline Food

Long flights usually mean jet lag, fatigue, and gravely unpalatable dishes. Thanks to today’s technology and innovation, these could change over the next few years to give passengers a satisfactory trip without these complications. Expedia, currently one of the greatest travel companies has disclosed in a report that digital technologies will have a great impact on future travels and vacations because of advancements such as augmented and reality virtual goggles that will transform how we choose vacation destinations and experience flights and customizable food, thanks to rapid prototyping, so that passengers do not have to take what they do not prefer.


In the year 2016, more than half of the world knows that almost anything and everything is possible with 3D printers and rapid prototyping technology. From aerospace to medical to automotive, 3D printers are widely being used in every aspect because of their accuracy and availability. Therefore, it is of no doubt that with today’s technology and innovation, 3D printers can be used to manufacture all sorts of food and cuisines.



British travel company Expedia was established during 1998 and has been serving millions of passengers since then. This experience has led them to believe that holidays in the future will be loaded with technology and luxury and has been reported with the title “The Holiday of the Future Report”.


Expedia paints a picture of what they assume and hope to be the future of travel. Pilotless airliners, cruising at 3000 mph across the Atlantic, and automatic trolley services that speak more than a hundred languages for each and every passenger, while offering dishes according to dietary requirements in passenger’s electronic implants. With satisfactory salads and virtual reality headsets, passengers can now enjoy their flight to the fullest.


While all these advanced technologies might just sound like fiction, Gary Morrison of Expedia assures that it is not. In fact, the most important point here is that people want customization and personalization which will be possible with enough data and information about passengers. To make personalization easier, they have come up with a network of nodes called the Travel Graph which identifies patterns which can strikingly upgrade travel experience online.


The main point of VR goggles is to give passengers a “try before you buy” experience, where they can see what they are about to experience before actually making the trip. Although VR goggles and other technologies are fascinating to imagine, the most astonishing is 3D food printing. According to Expedia, rapid prototyping can be used to even create organic food, customized according to dietary requirements for passengers during flights.


Airplane food is generally criticized for its taste, freshness, and different taste of different passengers, so the best solution to all this is customization and for that rapid prototyping provides the best solution. Moving towards the golden age of travel professionals apprehend a variety in flight food, along with the possibility that cuisine would be culture-focused and authentic, or even self-designed for a genuine flying experience.


Indian Institute of Technology

The appalling airline food has also pushed students of Indian Institute of Technology to resort to rapid prototyping as a solution. Sky kitchen, a theory created by students from the design department of Indian Institute of Technology, is a concept that creates food using 3D technology. When equipped in airplanes it would present passengers with a large and fresh selection of appetizing meals. These students understood that passengers do not find airplane food appealing due to lack of freshness and therefore they provided passengers with LCD displays where can they can personalize their own meals and have it 3D printed while on board.

From selecting their own toppings to shapes and ingredients, passengers can customize their meals in whatever way they desire. From round shaped waffles or square shaped muffins, passengers would hold the key to designing their very own menu. After that the recipes would be printed, and then ordered. The students explain that these 3D printed food would be much fresher with a wide array of options to choose from along with personalization according to dietary restrictions.

With the rate of development of 3D printers, making food by rapid prototyping is not far ahead, and when it is accomplished it will be a huge achievement. Even now, 3D printers are being used to create cuisines in some places. Focus 3D printer, invented in Netherlands, is being used to provide a nine course meal in London. The only ultimatum here is how efficient the transportation of hardware and food supplies can be to make personalization possible. Precise logistics would be hard to create, along with an increase in the speed of 3D printing to make this idea feasible. However, just the idea of 3D printing being considered by Expedia for airlines food speaks volumes for itself and has a high probability of being implemented in the coming years. What would you order?




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