The BBC reports on the amazing new world of 3D food printers, which will become commercially available for the first time this year (2014).
3D Systems, which launched the world’s first 3D food printers at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, have teamed up with candy bar makers The Hershey Company. Hershey’s are famous for their peanut butter chocolate candy bars esepcially, and see 3D printed sweets as the future of confectionary industry.
3D systems recently announced that it has entered a multi-year agreement with Hershey to explore and develop chocolate and non-chocolate products.
The Hershey Company’s head of research and development, William Papa, said Hershey embraces new technologies such as 3D printing. He explained: “We believe that innovation is key to delivering relevant, compelling consumer experiences with our iconic brands.”
Details of the partnership are unknown, but 3D Systems mentioned in the press release that it is looking to mainstream 3D printing.
Industry leaders 3D Systems have launched no less than two 3D food printers at the annual tech fair the CES. The two machines, named respectively ChefJet and ChefJet Pro, will be the world’s first commercially available food printers when they go on sale later this year.
Two food-creating 3D printers that will launch later this year have been unveiled in Las Vegas.
The machines make chocolate and sugar-based confectionery shaped in ways that would be difficult to produce using traditional methods.
The smaller one, Chefjet, is limited to monochrome creations, but the larger Chefjet Pro can create multicoloured objects.
However, experts said their prices would be likely to limit sales.
The basic version will cost about $5,000 (£3,000) and the more advanced one double that price
More information is contained in an official press release issued by 3D Systems :
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) introduced today the ChefJet™ series of 3D printers, launching an entirely new, kitchen-ready 3D printer category for edibles. The first two printers in the series are the monochrome, countertop ChefJet 3D printer and the full-color, larger format ChefJet Pro 3D printer. Early feedback characterizes ChefJet as the must-have companion for the professional baker, cake master, and high-end event and restaurateur. Equipped with The Digital Cookbook, easy to use ChefJet software for the non-CAD user, the ChefJet printers enable stunning edible prints to be incorporated into any professional kitchen, effortlessly. The ChefJet series of printers will be showcased for the first time at the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas, NV, January 7-10, 2014, at the 3DS booth 31424, LVCC South Hall 3.
Things seem to be moving fast at the Barcelona start up company that recently announced plans to develop a 3D food printer. Natural Machines have now showcased their prototype food printer the ‘Foodini’ by demonstrating its ability to make an apparently appetising and edible pizza :
I’m guessing you usually make or order a pizza like the cavemen used to do it. That’s so yesterday. Start-up company Natural Machines is now tempting our tummies with a 3D-printed pizza made using its working prototype Foodini food printer.
Natural Machines shared a four-step photo collage of the pizza being made. It starts with the Foodini piping dough down in a tight spiral. This phase of the process isn’t exactly tummy-rumbling due to the less-than-attractive look of the dough. The next step involves a spiral of bright red sauce.
The cheese and oregano are applied by hand. The resulting cooked pizza really does look good enough to grab it off the screen and take a bite. “So much easier than doing it by hand!” the company says.
The BBC asks if 3D printing could change the way we make food and reports on the Natural Machines 3D food printer which is in the early stages of development and could print out food items from chocholate to pasta.
Up to now, only chocolate has been successfully printed out using a 3D printer. A start-up company in Barcelona, Spain, hopes to change that by building the first 3D food printer that can print out pasta and bread…for just $1,000.
3D-printed food hasn’t gone much further than chocolate, but a Barcelona-based startup called Natural Machines is working on a 3D printer that will be able to produce pasta, bread, and other food item that starts out as a dough, paste or stiff liquid. The breakthrough could be the start of a new era for 3D printing and the possible foods it can produce.
Unlike other 3-D printers, the startup’s device can print using six different materials instead of just one, which allows much more complicated foods to be made. There is even a heater built in to the printer which keeps the food warm during the printing process.
The idea behind the invention is that foodie geeks will be able to set the machine up before they go to work, and have their foodstuff of choice ready for when they get home. More ambitious plans also include meals that can be made with ingredients from specialist food stores, which is why the company is working with chefs to try and figure what will work with the machine.
A New York University student has given us all a taste of things to come with an ad hoc invention that ‘prints’ out the perfect Burrito!
As a sign of what might soon be heading to the exciting world of 3D printers, an ingenious NYU student has created a contraption that makes a burrito perfectly to the specifications of the user. By punching in the condiments and amount of toppings you want via an iPhone, the machine will dispense the exact amount of ingredients needed to make your Mexian delicacy to your liking.
Most experts believe that 3D food printers will soon be as ubiquitous as microwave ovens. But for the moment, the only such printers that have been developed are only able to print food in one simple food stuff, for example chocolate.
The world’s first specialist 3D chocolate printer is shortly to go on sale, according to the British team of University researchers who have developed it. The chocolate printer, which its makers hope to sell 500 – 1,000 units over the next 3 years, is the world’s first consumer 3D food printer.
The UK scientists who developed a prototype chocolate printer last year say they have now perfected it.
They hope to have the machine on sale at the end of April – just missing the Easter egg rush.
It would allow chocolate lovers to print their own custom-made sweets, layer by layer.
Lead scientist Dr Liang Hao, from the University of Exeter, founded the Choc Edge company to commercialise the device after interest from retailers.
3D printing using plastic, wood and metal is already widely used by industry to create objects ranging from jewellery and footwear to human bones.
Dr Hao told the BBC that chocolate printing, just like any other 3D printing technique, starts with a flat cross-section image – similar to that produced by ordinary printers turning out images, and then prints out chocolate layer by layer to create a 3D shape, without any moulding tools.
“We’ve improved and simplified the machine, so now it is really easy to use,” said Dr Hao.
“You just need to melt some chocolate, fill a syringe that is stored in the printer, and get creative printing your chocolate.”
Sources include : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-17623424
The world’s first home 3D food printer was unveiled this week – or at least, the first home 3D printer that can print out food. In the case of ‘Imagine 3D’, the new printer from Essential Dynamics, it can print out 3D objects in both chocolate and cheese (not to mention silicone, epoxy, and concrete!).
The Imagine 3D will cost $3,000, and is the third new home 3D printer to be unveiled this month, following the Makerbot Replicator, and the Cube 3D Printer.
A 3D Food Printer is a special kind of 3D printer. 3D printers make three dimensional objects out of raw materials. So a 3D food printer makes, you guessed it, food out of raw ingredients. Instead of having to buy processed food, or to make food from various ingredients according to a recipe, a 3D food printer will be like a Microwave that produces a finished meal from scratch, or rather from a template.
Although not yet on sale, the first working models of 3D food printers have already been made. They are still pretty primative – for example making personalised chocolate shapes. But as 3D printers in general become every more sophisticated, smaller, and cheaper, it is inevitable that at some point a 3D food printer in the home will be every bit as ubiquitous as a microwave oven.