The 3-D printing revolution is well under way, with important implications for manufacturing and design. Heck, there’s even a 3-D printing store in New York’s SoHo.
And now, a new 3-D printer promises to bring this important technology right into your home.
You see, within the next couple of months, the first commercial units of the Foodini will ship – and that should delight the residents of trendy SoHo, as well as foodies all around the world.
That’s because the Foodini promises to automate some difficult, mundane kitchen tasks while giving access to food presentations that were previously relegated to the highest-end professional kitchens…
Given the massive technology involved in 3-D printing, the idea behind the Foodini is surprisingly simple.
Liquid or near-liquid ingredients are loaded into stainless steel canisters and then pushed through nozzles onto a food-safe surface, building up the food in layers (or making an impossibly intricate single layer). Then, the food goes into the oven and cooks like any normal meal.
That’s it – print, cook, and eat. Check out a short video of the Foodini making pizza, courtesy of Natural Machines.
Of course, there have been 3-D food printers before. The essential innovation of the Foodini is that the ingredient capsules are refillable. Older food printers came equipped with pre-filled tubes, much like printer ink, which limited the ingredients to whatever the manufacturer decided to make.
With the Foodini, chefs make their own recipes and choose their own foods.
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Natural Machines, the Spanish company behind Foodini, hopes that its device will inspire home chefs to use more natural ingredients in their cooking.
But the truth is that most of the dishes the Foodini can make aren’t as complicated as the folks at Natural Machines imagine. What’s more, most are made with natural ingredients already, even when purchased pre-made at stores.
Plus, with a projected price tag of $1,300, it’s more likely that the machine will inspire gourmet restaurant chefs to make fun plate presentations for their well-heeled customers.
Ultimately, the Foodini is a neat invention, but it’s unlikely to change the world or even how we eat. More likely, it’ll inspire other people to develop more innovative uses for 3-D printers.
Then again, who knows… there could come a time soon when someone stares down at his plate and finds the inspiration for a development that will change the world.
To living and investing in the future,
Editor’s Note: Natural Machines is a privately held company located in Barcelona. But just because a company is private doesn’t mean there isn’t a way to cash in on its success! In fact, days ago, our team of analysts uncovered a loophole buried among a ream of SEC filings. It represents a way for everyday investors to potentially profit from companies that haven’t gone public. Click here for the full story.