The 3D printing industry is surely moving way too fast and ahead as 3D food printers are beginning to get noticed by the food industry and consumer market. The world is changing along with its methods of creating edible food. We can imagine how machine parts and other solid commercial products are produced via 3D printing. However, food is much too difficult to perceive. But believe it or not, 3D food printers are now showing up in exhibits and shortly after in the market.
The Foodini is a 3D food printer that aims to revolutionize kitchens and food making. This machine is said to change the face of home cooked meals by its combined technology, food, art, and design. Foodini is said to be able to create appetizing and edible food from chocolate fingers to ravioli. How does it work? The machine will be loaded with capsulated fresh ingredients or instant food. The user will then have the option to select a design on the machine control panel then let it print the food into an appetizing meal at least in appearance. The only problem is that the taste will all depend on its ingredients. The same goes with the food quality. Bear in mind that this 3D food printer is incapable of cooking, timing, spicing up, and adding flavor. It can only print food alone. Foodini is expected to be out in the market by mid-2014 with a hefty price of £835.
ChefJet and ChefJet Pro
ChefJet and ChefJet Pro are two 3D food printers that will enter the market later this year. Not one, but two food printers launched at the annual CES tech fair last January 7-10 in Las Vegas. The said printers are capable of creating candies and confections from chocolates and sugar in ways and shape more than the limited traditional methods. The smaller version, Chefjet can be referred as an entry level food printer as it only prints food in monochrome. The Chefjet Pro on the other hand is capable of printing food in multiple colors. The said printers already received positive reviews from professionals saying that it is a perfect companion for pastry masters, bakers, and restaurateurs. It also adds flare in high-end events and an impressive add-on in professional kitchens. These food printers are equipped with The Digital Cookbook along with easy-to-use software for the non-CAD user. However, there is only one snag that the consumer market would find a hindrance for its purchase. The ChefJet alone carries a staggering price tag of $5,000 (£3,000) while ChefJet Pro costs double.