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February 13, 2014 AT 5:00 am

Edible 3D Printed Treats Made of Crickets and Dung Beetles Are Here! #3DxKitchen #3DThursday #3DPrinting

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Edible 3D Printed Treats Made of Crickets and Dung Beetles Are Here! From 3Dprint.com:

Over the last couple of years we have seen countless different objects 3D printed. We have also seen all sorts of materials used to print the objects. From plastics, to titanium, to wood composites, to even sugar and dough. Out of all these, I would have to say that this recent material is probably the most eye opening, and stomach churning.

Crickets and dung beetles are what make up these delectable, highly nutritious treats.  The insects have been crushed into a paste, fed into a 3D printer, and extruded into these intricate, well designed treats. Yes, pretty disgusting, but very nutritious if you ask Susana Soares, of London South Bank University, who feels that, “As the population grows, insects will be a solution to some food problems.”…

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