What Kind of Food Can Be 'Cooked' on a 3D Food Printer?

What Kind of Food Can Be 'Cooked' on a 3D Food Printer?

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Photo by: Natural Machines

In continuation from a previous post about 3D food printing, there is a Spanish start-up which is a great example of the progresses made in the field.  Natural Machines has developed Foodini, a 3D food printer that allows to envision a future for 3D printed food that goes far beyond just chocolate, which many other food printers work with, or engineered food, as their creators highlight. It is the first domestic food printer designed for daily use and is able to print fresh food like pasta, breads, dough, stiff liquid and also chocolate.

This kitchen appliance uses five different capsules of food ingredients, one printing at time, and, despite the fact that it does not cook, it incorporates a heater to keep the food warm during the printing process. The whole system makes it possible print not only sweets and pastries but savory foods such as an entire cheeseburger, step by step.

Additionally, Foodini is able to elaborate more fun and creative foods by designing plate decorations and printing foods with the desired height and shape. For instance, chocolate figures.

Although it is still slow, it makes for a considerable time saver in the kitchen since it is faster and more precise than things handmade and takes the difficulty out of making snacks or desserts. Natural Machines is interested in meeting the needs of those who want to consume fresh food but do not have the time or the skills for preparing them. Making food such as homemade ravioli is a time consuming process but the kitchen appliance allows the cook to perform other tasks while preparing their ravioli.

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Photo by: Natural Machines

The idea behind Foodini is to encourage foodie geeks to make up their own recipes and to build up a user community around the machine, which is intended also for restaurants. They will be able to create their own recipes, prepared with ingredients of their choosing.

Thanks to the open capsule model of Foodini, users can prepare the ingredients themselves by hand or using food processors like a hand blender. This way, they can be sure of what they are eating is natural food ,without additives, but prepared so easily as ready-make food. Also, those with food intolerances or allergies can create dishes that complied with their food restrictions because this 3D food printer meets the needs of the eater. “If you want to print out a 100-calorie chocolate, you can do just that”, Lynette Kucsma, one of the members of the project, explained recently in an article in the blog Tech Europe of The Wall Street Journal.

In fact, Foodini lets consumers choose what ingredients went into their cakes or sweets, rather than the manufacturers, while minimizing the complexity of assembly. Then, Natural Machines incorporated the savory foods and the open capsules, making the device more complete and open to consumers.

This 3D food printer will probably retail for around €1,000 ($1,366) and incorporates some other advantages, like its design. Foodini looks stylistically clean in the kitchen and comes fully assembled, ready to plug and play, and with connection to the Internet.

In case you want to know more about this revolutionary 3D food printer, you can have a look to the article of  The Wall Street Journal, published recently, or to the BBC’s story below. Also to this Ross Brooks’ article in PSFK.


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