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3D food printers to hit stores soon

03 April 2014

The first 3D food printer designed for professional kitchens and homes is set to hit the market.

The Foodini comes with empty food capsules enabling users to prepare and place fresh, real ingredients in the unit.

According to the development team, which began proving the concept in 2012, the Foodini’s design was driven by consumers’ penchant for processed food. By using 3D printing technology, processed food can be made on a small scale but with healthier and fresher ingredients.

In a statement, the researchers said: “Foodini takes on the difficult parts of making food that are hard and time consuming to make fully by hand. One of our goals is to streamline some of cooking's more repetitive activities - forming dough into fish shaped crackers, or forming ravioli - to encourage more people to make fresh healthy foods. We understand that a kitchen appliance that happens to be a 3D food printer is a very new concept.”

The Foodini has a built in touch screen on the front and the integrated application connects to an online community site where, in addition to generally available content (viewing recipes, online demos, etc.), users will have access to a personalised online recipe box (favourites) and the ability to upload and share their own recipe creations. 

The community site will be viewable from the device’s onboard touchscreen, as well as tablets, laptops and smartphones. APIs will also be released for third parties to customise recipe applications - for example, enabling users to make a ‘perfect ravioli configurator’ or use mathematical models to print intricate designed shapes. 

Once the user chooses the recipe they want to print, Foodini will instruct what food to put in each capsule, and then begin to print.

Foodini Hardware Foodini is a sleek kitchen appliance that will look stylish in any kitchen, be it a home kitchen or restaurant. It arrives ready for use (plug and play). A touch-screen mini-tablet that functions as the user interface is embedded on the front of the device. 
The researchers are now working with a major manufacturing partner and have received interest from more than 40 countries enquiring about purchasing Foodini, for use in both home and professional kitchens.

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