Every bodybuilder knows the challenges of getting the proper nutrition at the appropriate/desired times of the day based on their individual fitness routine. No doubt, most have done their own meal prep, and have resorted to protein bars and snacks for convenience. Most certainly, the bars and snacks are acceptable, but probably not the perfect blend of ingredients.

Imagine this: pre/post-workout nutrient bars, snacks and perhaps even some meal prep – all fully customized to your individual needs – on a printer. Sound crazy? Is this even in the realm of possibility? Well, it might not be that far off.

3D printing is a relatively new technology and we are discovering an infinite number of possible applications. Although the main material currently being used is plastic (see one heart-warming example here), there is tremendous hope for using new materials including food.

Imagine choosing the EXACT ingredients you desire for your own consumption – the amount and type of protein, fiber, carbohydrates, fats, sugars, flavors….. Prepare one individual bar or a whole month’s worth – you decide. You can tweak every item to fit your specific needs.

No more meal replacement bars that have too much sugar. No more snacks that don’t have enough fiber or protein for your fitness lifestyle. No more buying in bulk only to find out you don’t like it and now you’re stuck trying to finish it. No more additives or preservatives or unknown flavors or artificial colors. All-natural.

You choose the ingredients. You choose the ratios. You choose the portion size. You choose the quantity. Everything you need or want, without a single additive or ingredient you don’t want. Literally made-to-order.

This cutting edge technology, coupled with innovative applications and consumable materials, may just revolutionize the bodybuilding world. There are already a number of 3D food printers on the market like Foodini.

As research continues and technology improves, the ability and practicality for individual home use improve. It may not be that far-fetched to have your 3D food printer sitting on your kitchen counter right next to your blender!

This article was originally posted on MaxSwahn.com.