3D printers will make food in the future; the not too distant future. Could you imagine a 3D printer sitting in your kitchen bench alongside the Mixmaster and microwave oven? Established players in the food industry need to recognise the potential impact of this technology on their business and how the ecosystem will evolve, where software will replace recipes, and the Internet of Things will connect all aspects of the “cooking” cycle to consumers.
The future of 3D food is already here. Natural Machines, the maker of Foodini, a 3D food printer, had a successful kickstarter program. The company believes that their product will be as revolutionary to the kitchen as the microwave was back in the 1970's.
There are ongoing trials involving 3D-printed pasta, chocolates, biscuits and even entire meals. ‘This is much more than just a gimmick,’ says Lynette Kucsma, whose company Natural Machines plans to have the printer on general sale in British shops by the middle of next year. ‘The last revolution in the kitchen came with the microwave — we believe that the Foodini could be about to transform the preparation of food to the same extent.’ Read More