‘Algaerium Bioprinter’ to Provide Digitally Printed Health Food
(ThisIsAlive.com) The ‘Algaerium Bioprinter’ prototype demonstrates how microalgae can be cultivated in our domestic space to provide digitally printed health food on demand. Marin Sawa, Ph.D. is working in collaboration with Imperial College London to develop a new inkjet printing technology suitable for algae printing. By introducing living microalgae to food printing, the researchers have invented a new way of consuming health food supplements. At micro scale, the bioprinter technology provides a process in which cells can be ruptured and their nutrients can be readily absorbed. At macro scale, the bioprinter envisions an immediate future in which algae ‘farming’ forms a new part of urban agriculture to reinforce food safety in our cities. Sawa is also currently developing the technology to print algae-based energy devices as well as filtering devices. This research is part of her doctoral research at Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design in London in collaboration with Imperial.