Although 3-D food printing technology is still in its infancy, two consumer products are expected to launch in the second half of this year using semi-liquified food substances that squirt through a 3D printer.
With the Foodini countertop food printer made by Natural Machines, you can make a hamburger patty, bun and add cheese. Other 3-D printed foods include ravioli, spaghetti, cookies and chocolate creations, and a spinach quiche dinosaur.
Foodini’s creators argue that people dine on processed convenience foods only because lengthy food preparation discourages them from creating homemade food.
The company uses ravioli as an example and suggests homemade ravioli is rarely prepared at home because preparing the dish from scratch takes too much time.
With Foodini you simply load the 3-D printer with dough and filling and Foodini will print individual raviolis for you — the same as you would do by hand, except Foodini automates it.
Foodini is connected to the Internet, and has a built in touch screen on the front that provides the user interface for printing food.
Once the user chooses the recipe they want to print (from the onboard touchscreen, or from a user’s tablet, laptop, etc.), Foodini will instruct what food to put in each capsule, and then printing can begin.
The Foodini does not currently cook the food it prepares, but it’s only a matter of time before 3-D food printers like Foodini includes a cooking element.
(Click ‘Next to see twenty-eight 3-D printed foods prepared by Foodini.)
*Note: All images are from NaturalMachines website.