Jun 6, 2014

PERsonalised FOod using Rapid MAnufacturing for the Nutrition of elderly ConsumErs - 3d printed food for elderly and disabled




This is a first practical real-life application of 3d printed food that makes sense to me and probably has some commercial future. The project has a wide consortium and has received 3 million euro financing from EU FP/ program.

From project description:
The main idea of the PERFORMANCE project is to develop and validate a holistic, personalised food supply chain for frail elderly persons living either in nursing homes, ambient assisted living facilities or at home (visited by nursing services) facing swallowing and/or masticating problems.
The supply “chain” in this case will resemble a loop, with the elderly consumers forming the initial link (providing info on personal preference and needs) as well as the final link (consumption of the personalised food). As a result of the PERFORMANCE project, an overall concept will be available which allows the automated manufacture and supply of personalised, specially textured food for frail and elderly people.
The key question is: “How can personalised nutrition contribute to improving the health of frail elderly people facing swallowing and/or masticating problems and dignified aging in their sunset years?” 
To answer this question, the PERFORMANCE concept will cover the whole supply chain from the food producer to the ready-to-eat meal at point of consumption – whether nursing home or at home. Focus will be put on personalised food for people with mastication and swallowing problems.
The main idea of the PERFORMANCE project is to develop and validate a holistic, personalised food supply chain for frail elderly persons living either in nursing homes, ambient assisted living facilities or at home (visited by nursing services) facing swallowing and/or masticating problems.

Project homepage:

http://www.performance-fp7.eu/

PDF project overview:

http://www.performance-fp7.eu/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/PERFORMANCE_ppt_website-May-2013.pdf


































Update (21.2.2016.):

So, what has become of this project? Are there any results? It's hard to find any. I found only this video and article that presents a tomato sauce dispenser that doesn't look like a 3d printer:



http://www.3ders.org/articles/20160215-foodjet-expands-production-capacity-to-3d-print-whole-meals-for-the-elderly.html


Was this project successful? Or maybe it was just a waste of tax payers money ... I would like to know more ...