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Ninth trend: 3D printing

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The spread of 3D printer technology is a fascinating phenomenon, which is starting to be employed in restaurants and even in private homes. This is basically a more sophisticated version of the home-made auto-production approach, made ‘smarter’ by the use of this new technology.


Want to be a food designer? 3D printers will make it possible for everyone

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Un esempio dell'uso di Bocusini con il marzapane

Bocusini Technology enables you to print your favorite dish and choose the ingredients (and flavor) and above all the shape you want. Hundreds of recipes for vegetarians and meat lovers which can be designed free-hand with any type of printer.

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.

Accessible costs
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.

Pizza Margherita: not out of the oven, but straight from a 3D printer

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Cracker realizzati con pepe rosso tostato tramite Foodini
Natural Machines

Using 3D printing to prepare the more difficult recipes without giving up strictly natural ingredients. This is the idea behind Foodini, from the Spanish company, Natural Machines, that has now moved to Florida, the ideal base from which to launch new entrepreneurial ideas.

Spanish but with head office in Florida. Where everything begins and achieves success in the digital era. Even when talking about food. Not by chance, the name of the company, Natural Machines, places two terms side by side that are normally incompatible: machine and nature.

Instead, these young Iberians have managed to blend these two worlds by using the 3D printer in a completely different way. Its name is Foodini and it prints food products. An intriguing use (and a bit unsettling, perhaps, for those who love top-chef cuisine) with far-reaching ambitions: its inventors are convinced they will meet the same opposition, yet achieve the same popularity as the microwave oven, which so many turned up their noses at when it first appeared. The 3D printer has one advantage in its favour: it uses natural products, rather than the ready-made, transformed, pre-cooked foods of the early microwaves. Could this be the compelling reason to take the great digital leap? This is what these young bootstrappers are hoping for.
How it works
The Foodini 3D printer speeds up some of the preparation processes, such as cooking or mixing. It can also fill ravioli one by one with pre-selected ingredients. So it is not an alternative to food preparation, it is a supplement: a support for the more difficult or more laborious cooking processes, but with the same fresh ingredients you would use for the traditional recipe. This way you can print both sweet and savoury dishes. You have to use food capsules and fill them with the food products of your choice. Not with absolutely every type of food, to tell the truth, but only the food with the right consistency to be squeezed through the Foodini nozzles. The recipe ingredients are prepared separately and then placed in special, steel, food-grade capsules, which turn them out ready to be placed in layers. Theoretically, you can also print ravioli: one by one in the shape you want and ready to put in boiling water. The machine assists in the “gastronomic procedures” with a touch-screen to suggest the recipes for you to choose.
100,000 Euro was enough to launch a limited series of Foodini. Now the search has begun for funds to make a debut on a grand scale. The starting price is expected to be 1,000 Euro.

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