We have all probably heard of 3D printers. From how cool the actually look to the interesting and not so interesting things the can print. We have been regaled with reports that this technological wonder can print artificial limbs, splendid house models , art pieces and could in the not so far future print human thoughts. Indeed we have been made to believe that the possibilities that comes along side 3D printing is seemingly endless. However there is one very important detail that have not made it to the media in great shape: printing food is possible.
Awkward as it might sound, printing food is actually very cool (not that I have tried it out or anything), at least from the little sketchy information on the web I have been able to put my eye on. The very idea might not go so well with the natural conservative block and most certainly not at all with the pro status quo wannabes, but who cares?.
The simple 3D printer can “mix up” some tasty looking food designs. Perfect for mass printing for birthdays and other party events.
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Fans of the popular Hollywood’s Star Trek might have an idea of were we are actually headed. For the Anti-Hollywood block, The movie featured a 3D printer dubbed a replicator. The replicator could print just about anything “artistically conceivable”. This new gadget may not necessarily be suffisticated as that, but it’s definitely going to worth you’re time and dollar bills.
Unveiled at this year’s CES 2015, the cute looking food printer unsurprisingly attracted a lot of attention from a particular block of spectators: women!. Certainly, almost every woman would want to get her hands on a machine that spit out some well designed cookies and of course offer a good start point for making pizzas.
Clear Specifications of the printer are not exactly abundant but here is a few obvious ones:
Maximum Size of Printed Food:
200 x 150 x 150 mm
Win 7/Win 8/Mac OSX 10.8
STL and XYZ format
420 x 427 x 605 mm
multiple (50-100 cc*3)
1/2/4/8 mm (optional)
5″ touch screen
You can print cookies in any shape with the XYZprinting food printer
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Food printing may not be the next cah cow like crude oil, but technology as we know sometimes defy logic. At $2000 any willing consumer can be a proud owner of this 3D printer when 3D food printing business hits the market. Featuring a 5 inch touchscreen display , food input designs can be fed to the printer via USB or already installed designs on the printer’s catalogue using the touchscreen. Food printed can be up to 200x150x150mm in size but may sometimes have to be baked, depending on the food being printed or ingredients being fed to the printer. It takes the printer few minutes to turn ingredients into uncooked food. What is much more interesting is that a user will be able to print in quite a lot of designs, thanks to the availability of 3D designs online. Users can also create and upload their designs for other users. The concept is quite simple and cool. A future where cooks share thier designs with co-cooks via internet or mothers with their daughters via bluetooth, USB or the interney is definitely going to be thrilling.
In just few days we will be offered the opportunity of being very artistic with our “electronic cooking” as the printer will be available for orders not long from now.
Samples of a 3D printed cookies.
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The 3D food printer connects via USB to Windows 7 and 8 and Mac OSX systems. Backed by Kinpo Electronic, one of the largest manufactures of TV set up boxes and hard drives, the tech gadget start up is already going into mass production, effectively bypassing the hurdles of crowd source funding which have bugged down similar ideas over the years.