3D printing has been developing rather quickly. We have already seen printable parts, trinkets, gadgets, and even weapons. But now it has been taken a to a whole new level: edible food. Foodini is a 3D printer that can create pizzas, chocolate, burgers, and other edibles. Foodini is similar to other 3D printers, except instead of using plastic, it takes ingredients from stainless steel capsules and prepares an actual meal.
It’s the same technology, but with plastics there’s just one melting point, whereas with food it’s different temperatures, consistencies, and textures,” says Lynette Kucsma, co-founder of Natural Machines and maker of Foodini. “Also, gravity works a little bit against us, as food doesn’t hold the shape as well as plastic.”
The creators of Foodini hope that this will not only save people time, but also encourage more people to cook and prepare healthier meals. Foodini is working on creating capsules that users can load into the printer in order to receive a meal instantly. These meals have no preservatives and last only a few days. Currently, the 3D printer can only produce raw foods however, the possibility of it printing cooked meals in the future is high.
The printing process is slow now, but faster than regular 3D printing. Other than being able to create amazing designs (like very detailed cake decorations or arrangements), the Foodini can be useful for recipes that require greater skill, like homemade pizza or filled pastas. There is an interactive aspect to this printer as well:
There’s a touchscreen on the front that connects to a recipe site in the cloud, so it’s an internet-of-things, connected kitchen appliance,” said Kucsma. Users will also be able to control the device remotely using a smartphone, and share their recipes with the community.”
This aligns with the current healthy lifestyle trends and it’s convenient for today’s on-the-go lifestyle.
Read more here – “Foodini Machine Lets You Print Edible Burgers, Pizza, Chocolate,” (Jacopo Prisco, CNN).
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