So far much has been said of the possibilities of printing food in 3D. However, the opportunity to create a proper dish has been the privilege of few and strictly on an experimental basis. Newspaper headlines, more than anything, but nothing (or very little) that is edible; nothing really marketable, capable of “selling”. There is a new protagonist, however, that promises and appears able to successfully maintain that promise: the name Bocusini opens up new 3D worlds not only for all chefs and gourmets, but also for anyone who can harness their passion for special dishes with the use of three-dimensional printing technologies.
The outstanding details of the project
What makes this new project unique is that, for the very first time, any type of printer can be used without having to be an expert. How? Just replace the plastic extruder every 3D printer has with the Bocusini capsules filled with food. You don’t even have to be a professional designer to create the models, because Bocusini connects via WiFi to your tablet, PC and Smartphone and it’s easy to draw a personalized design free-hand, using apps and web platforms as an alternative to the numerous pre-set recipes.
For the time being you can satisfy your whims using desert pastry, ice-cream, marzipan, meringue, chocolate, icing, cream cheese, fruit sauces, yoghurt, butter, and even vegetable batter, liver pâté and raw meat. The food has been chosen to provide a wide range of dishes based on hundreds of top quality recipes, which will soon increase in number.
So far, to print 3D food you had to buy specific (expensive) printers, capable of printing only a small number of foods. However, with the new project of German start-up, Print2Taste, the main restrictions have been overcome.
The device is not yet available on the market, but a crowdfunding campaign has just closed on Kickstarter to collect funds to start production on a wider scale. The backers who didn’t already have a 3D printer are about to receive one with Bocusini incorporated for just over 600 dollars, less than a next generation Smartphone.