Last year’s December, we asked ourselves the question whether our future food will be 3D printed. Well, at the start of 2014 we were able to make some predictions about food printing trends for 2014. One of the companies mentioned in the article was Barcelona-based film Natural Machines, a company which distinguishes itself from the masses by the aim to produce a printer to prepare healthy food. Right now, they’ve created a prototype of their machine ‘Foodini’. Using this device, you can use your personal products to prepare your own cookies, breads, pizzas and decorations.
It works as follows: a food printers needs capsules to print out the actual food, and for all contemporary printers these capsules are pre-filled. The Foodini however does not use pre-filled capsules, but open capsules that users can fill with products of their choice. This shows the strength as well as the weakness of this new device, because all products need to be blended in order to become printing material. This means the printer will not be able to do all kitchen work for you, as you still have to blend the food yourself. And did you ever put a chicken in a blender?
But on the other hand (and now comes the strength): you can precisely choose the products you would like to work with, which means the level of healthiness lies in your very own hands. The food printers of today are not quite as healthy as the Foodini promises to be, because they often produce sugary products, such as sweets or chocolate. This means the Foodini promises to be an added value to the world of food printers.
The machine is also presented as a solution for modern working people who can’t find the time to prepare a decent meal in the evening. It’s surely a good solution to the lack of time a lot of people experience nowadays, but we hope your daily agenda still offers you the possibility to prepare a decent meal once per day. In other words: do you work to live or live to work? Well, in both cases the Foodini is surely promising.
But does it still take a long time to get a meal printed? The machine uses a maximum of five capsules, and flatter capsules can take a couple of minutes to print out. However, if you would like to print out your own chocolate sculpture, then you should think of about 20 minutes, says the company.
The machine will be accommodated with a touch screen, where you can select the kind of meal you want the food printer to prepare. There will also be an Foodini website where users can browse through recipes. The printer is expected to enter the market at the second half of 2014 and will cost about 1000 euros ($1,300 or £830). The company is currently seeking for funds at Kickstarter and they will need 100,000 dollars to fully improve their prototype. The company combines “food, art and design”.
Credits images: Natural Machines.