Natural Machines, a company from Barcelona in Spain, has recently unveiled the ‘Foodini’, a 3D printer that prints out foods.
According to the Telegraph, the ‘Foodini’ “squirts out anything from pizza or pasta to cakes in a variety of shapes – from dinosaurs to spelling out names with letters. Different ingredients are built up in layers following selection of a design on the device’s control panel.”
Natural Machines suggests, “Parents could use the machine to print messages on cakes or for parents to design food for their children in shapes they enjoy.” While this printer could be great for children, Lynette Kucsma, co-founder of the firm said that Natural Machines is also aiming the ‘Foodini’ for use in restaurants: “Retail food stores have shown an interest. They can both print food in-store to sell to consumers as well as sell pre-filled food capsules for consumers to take home to use in their machines.”
Despite these lofty goals, the ‘Foodini’, for now, does have certain limitations. As Natural Machines explains, “’Foodini’ does not automate all your cooking, nor does it cook food. If necessary, it can keep food warm as it works as it contains a heating element….It does require more time from you in the kitchen…[however] ‘Foodini’ can design food into different shapes, make a quiche in the shape of a dinosaur, create pictures with sauces that kids can fill in with veggies or write messages on pieces of toast for breakfast. You could also make food more visually appealing by adding an intricate topping to a cupcake. Who says food always has to be a serious affair?”
Natural Machine expects a mid-2014 release for the ‘Foodini’, with a price tag of roughly $1350.
Photos and Quotes Courtesy of the Telegraph