Are you ready for this?

Foodini has launched a Kickstarter program to sell their 3D Printer for Food.  The machine hails from Barcelona, Spain from a company called Natural Machines.  The earliest “investors” on Kickstarter will be able to get a Foodini 3D Food Printer for $999.  The Foodini retail price will be $1300.

The machine works by extruding food stuffs that are inserted in “food capsules” which are then placed in the machine.  Here is a shot of the machine and an extruder capsule:

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The Foodini 3D Food Printer:  Very sleek design for your high tech kitchen…

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Here’s the extruder capsule that it uses.  Kind of like a really big syringe…

Why would you want extruded food?  Well first of all, it’s just the coolest thing to show friends that you have a 3D Food Printer, but when that wears off you’ll still have the advantage of being able to make intricately designed food that would be too difficult or time consuming to do by hand.  For example, these Christmas themed chocolate confections:

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Foodini uses the example of handmade ravioli:

Take an example of ravioli. How often have you made homemade ravioli? Rolling out the dough to a thin layer, adding the filling, adding the top layer of dough, and then cutting it to size takes time. Let Foodini do it for you. Simply load the dough and filling into Foodini, and Foodini will print individual raviolis for you. The 3D printing of food – in this case, creating a layer of pasta, a layer of filling, and covering it with a layer of pasta again – is assembling the ravioli. The same as you would do by hand, except Foodini automates it: you don’t have to manually do all the work… Foodini does it for you. Less mess in your kitchen, more time to do other things.

I love to cook and have been a guest chef at local restaurants several times.  I wonder what they’d say if I showed up with one of these?

 

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