Foodini is a home 3D printer that uses fresh ingredients in puree, produces home-cooked food in an original and healthy way.
There are many media outlets that describe the emergence of 3D printers as the “new industrial revolution” may sound exaggerated, but given the number of sectors in which they are beginning to be applied, we may need to start to have them in our lives.
A 3D printer is a machine capable of making “prints” of 3D designs, creating volumetric parts or models of computer-made design. They arose with the idea of converting 2D files into real or 3D prototypes. It is often used in tooling or assembly of parts or components, in sectors such as architecture and industrial design.
They will soon reach the domestic sector, and although their main use is to reproduce pieces, there is a Spanish company that has decided to use this technology to “print food”.
Natural machines is a Spanish startup based in Barcelona, which aims to combine food with technology and art in a 3D printer, which, using fresh ingredients in puree form, produces homemade food in an original and healthy way.
Now Foodini, this is the name of 3D printer, is under development and despite the intention to use Kickstarter for its funding has not achieved its goal, the project is still ongoing.
What is Foodini?
The idea is to use five capsules or containers for food, which by superimposing them in layers generate attractive dishes. The minimum thickness of these layers is 1.5 mm.
The food, of course, must be able to be crushed: tables, mashed potatoes or vegetables, minced meat, etc. … it’s part of everyone’s imagination.
Even if Natural machines is in talks with retailers to provide the capsules already made, the idea is that we, in our house, can incorporate our own ingredients into Foodini. Of course, do not forget that they are smoothie or puree.
Some examples of foods that have already been printed are:
- Pasta (ravioli, gnocchi, spaghetti, …).
- Burgers (vegetables and meat).
- Chicken bites (or chickpea bites as a vegetarian alternative).
- Biscuits, chocolate, etc.
Another built-in feature is one that is used as a 3D scanner to copy existing objects (such as chocolate) or used to decorate ready-made food.
On the other hand, it should be noted that its design is excellent, as seen in the images, far from computer science and ideal for inclusion in a modern kitchen.
According to the executive president of Natural Machines, Emilio Sepulveda, the price of Foodini will be around 1000 euros and although we believe that this technology still has some time to develop to establish itself in the domestic sphere, in principle it can be very suitable for environments such as restaurants that want to surprise their customers with different and original dishes.
This will also allow chefs to unleash their creativity and create recipes and uses that can be migrated to the kitchens of our homes in the future.
From what we have no doubt is that this type of technology is here to stay and although there are currently small companies with great ideas that are struggling to find a gap, sooner or later some multinational food or appliance will promoted and we will eventually pass by the hoop, although credit and effort are the responsibility of entrepreneurs like Natural Machines and their 3D printer Foodini.
I will see you on another recipe.