Food as Software?!

I had a lot of fun considering how 3D printed food would work in the future. Food printing is both a physical object and software. The database of food available for download that I’m imagining would be similar to the Software as a Service model (SaaS). SaaS is a method of selling software in which the end user does not own the software, but instead pays a subscription fee for access to the software. This model has been around since 2001, but in the last five years the industry has aggressively pursued this model to increase revenue, not only for major server software such as Oracle, but consumer software such as the Adobe Creative Suite and Office 365. I envision food patterns working in much the same way—subscription fees would give access to the tiers of food patterns, but there would also be the ability to buy individual single-use patterns. It would be the same as heading for McDonalds for a cheeseburger.