updated - June 22, 2021 Tuesday EDT
A lot of people predicted that there will come a time where everything can be printed with a 3-Dimentional printing machine. In recent years, we have seen plethora of items and objects being 3-D printed, from pens to cars, even to a life size castle. Now, to make these statements even more plausible, a company known as Natural Medicines has developed a 3-D food printer.
According to CNN, this printer is called the "Foodini," which looks a lot like a standard 3-Dimension printer but does not make use of the regular materials such as plastics. Instead, it uses edible materials - that's right! things that human beings can eat - and these ingredients are placed in stainless steel capsules.
Lynette Kucsma, one of the founders of Natural Machines, explained that the printer utilizes the same technology; however, she pointed out the main differences, one of which is the melting points. Kucsma said, "With plastics there's just one melting point, whereas with food it's different temperatures, consistencies and textures. Also, gravity works a little bit against us, as food doesn't hold the shape as well as plastic."
Very impressive device, especially since the startup Barcelona based Natural Machines is the first ever to come up with a printer that can produce various dishes. Their technology allows 3D-printing of both sweet and savory meals.
Kucsma also said that, "In essence, this is a mini food manufacturing plant shrunk down to the size of an oven." At this point, the device is aimed towards individuals who are considered to be "professional kitchen users." She did say though that they will be going to release a version that can be used by regular consumers.
For those who are interested in giving Foodini a try, the estimated price tag of this 3D printer is at $1,000.00.
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