At the end of March, we learned of the existence of Foodini, a 3D printer capable of printing food. It is a project that, in the absence of a couple of weeks to the end of the campaign, carries almost 60% of the funds collected on Kickstarter. With this situation, We have had the opportunity to see the printer about in the office of the District 22 @ having Natural Machines in Barcelona.
Upon entering the office already immediately perceive the smell of food, a few tests that were making printing a round bread with a spiral pattern. A table full of ingredients with two prototypes and a complete model testing, followed by several tables with engineers engineers and experts in nutrition. I had the impressions that the very nature of Foodini prevented flexibility to print food, so I was surprised by the variety of ingredients that I saw at the tables.
The foodini is not a simple 3D printer, need systems and accessories to adapt to print various foods
Emilio Sepúlveda, CEO and co-founder of Natural Machines, reviewed us some things first-hand about the functioning of Foodini: printer uses capsules where we can put any food that is not solid. Mass of bread or cake, mashed potatoes, anything that can crush… and these capsules, to make the entire process easier, have to be placed in group inside the printer and not one by one.
Bq. You need to have the ability to manage several capsules and you need to be able to heat the ingredient of these capsules (if there is chocolate must be able to temper it to mold). You also need a 3D scanner to read the form of some foods to play them or to print on top of them. Food touch only the capsule, which minimizes cleaning.
Capsules are put where the ingredients are very different from the typical rolls of plastic we saw in conventional 3D printers.
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Natural Machines is already talking to several companies to take advantage of all the resources of Foodini. Restaurants that want to encapsulate their dishes with a durability of three or four days, or multinationals that they could encapsulate their food products so our only task is to buy them at the grocery store and put them to print at home. The advantage is that we eat with the same ease as the food prepared, but with the same level of health missing so many preservatives with homemade food since they don’t.
Promoting a healthy diet is one of the main objectives of Foodini
Not forgotten from the social factor: Each capsule has a chip and therefore all ingredients are quantified. And from there to the digital lifestyle, one step: each user can monitor the amount of calories you eat, follow recommendations to improve your diet, or share it with other users. Nor will miss an “App Store” of recipes that anyone can promote his first steps with the Foodini and an API that developers can give free rein to the possibilities of the printer.
The Foodini system is based on Android, as we can guess on your screen.
The idea of Foodini, says Emilio, It emerged around the making of pastry. Two of the founders were working in a bakery and had high demand, which requires a very complicated logistics to freeze them and transport them properly. Hence came the idea of taking the factory to the end user, so that transportation was the ingredients and come out much cheaper.
Then were the needs of the market and which could cover many more food. And they are already working on more improvements for the next version of the printer, as for example which is able to cook the ingredient on the fly while you are printing.
I could not help asking also to Emilio what you think on the Foodini appear on YourKickstarterSucks, a blog where seemingly absurd crowdfunding projects are collected. For the team of responsible, this is not more than the same mixed reaction was when appeared the microwave: There were people saying that already had ovens in the kitchens and other did not need, or that they could cause cancer. Now there is a microwave in every kitchen.
Here is the process of with a small bun Foodini printing: the printer to “print” the raw dough… start.. .the printer continues pouring the spiral dough….. .and ready, already have ready to bake bread.
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The litmus test was inevitable: Foodini makers have proposed me Qatar a “printed plate”: a vegetarian burger based on lentils with bread and seeds. Here’s the dish, with all printed and then cooked except for lettuce and tomato:
If they had told me that the dish had been hand-made, I would have believed it. The fact that it is printed does not reduce the quality of the dish at all. In Engadget we never got to the judges of those realities of kitchen experience, but I must say that it would have eaten me that whole vegetarian burger. And that lentils do not excite me. I leave you with some more of the Foodini creations: