Movie Tech: The Foodini Lets You 3D Print Food Like Star Trek
3D printing is great for making everything from plastic trinkets to full-sized rooms, but did you know that the technology can also be used to make food? There are a few 3D printers that can create confectionery items like chocolate and pancakes but this Natural Machines Foodini printer really takes the cake. Intended as a domestic device, it can make all sorts of food including ravioli, cookies, chocolate blocks, pumpkin gnocchi, and even pizza.
The Foodini is meant to be a domestic device that helps those without the time to do their own home cooking. Instead of having to take time out of the day to roll pasta, knead bread, or fill individual raviolis, the 3d food printer roles out edible material into an exact shape, height, and volume.
The robotic food maker can generate large products like chocolate figures and flatter foods such as crackers. So far, the natural machines team has printed a bean patty, roll, spread cheese sauce onto a fabricated burger, crafted pumpkin gnocchi, and fashioned a pizza. A few more recipes combined with regular 3D printing technology to create plates and bows, and we’ll have a real-life Star Trek food replicator before we know it.