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3-D Food Printing?

Via Rex USA

Via Rex USA

Technology is allowing inventors, scientists, and developers to create  fancy, but often brilliant new tools for our every day lives. The 3-D printer has been now exception. The company MakerBot, recently made itself known to the American public as one of the first to sell home use 3-D printers. It was only a matter of time until this technology hit the food world, right?

Well, the fine minds at Natural Machines out of Barcelona, thought 3-D Food Printing was the obvious next step. While finding a way to manufacture whole foods like fruits and vegetables could help eliminate the world’s hunger problems, the Foodini cannot. In fact, this really doesn’t create anything new, at all. Unless you count food that looks like Gaudi though of it.

The way it works is relatively simple.

Choose your recipe from our online recipe site, or create your own. Then let Foodini do the hard part. You prepare and load the fresh ingredients, and Foodini will create the dish. Depending on the recipe, the food is either ready to eat after Foodini is done, such as a chocolate dessert, or you’ll need to finish cooking the dish prior to eating, like ravioli.

Ok, maybe not so simple. Basically, and I am really simplufying this, you throw a bunch of ingredients into a blender before adding them to the Foodini 3-D Food Printer and…

Voila! You get one of the least mouthwatering “food” creations I have ever seen. Co-founder Lynette Kucsma tends to disagree.

Foodini takes on the difficult parts of making food that is hard and/or time-consuming to make fully by hand. One of our goals is to streamline some of cooking’s more repetitive activities – forming dough into breadsticks, or filling and forming individual ravioli – to encourage more people to eat healthy, homemade foods.

To me, it is glaringly obvious that Kucsma not only doesn’t appreciate cooking, but may not know how to cook at all. For real food lovers, it doesn’t seem feasible to have a machine make weird versions of food for you. Especially at a price of $1,300. Maybe I am different, but I will stick to those “repetitive activities” that make cooking so enjoyable. And maybe spend some of my money on truffles.


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