Top 5 Food Printers Saving from Famine in Future
Until 2017, synthetic meat was seemed to be the height of innovations that modern science could offer to the cooking industry. However, in 2019, one has established an Israel-based startup working on 3D printing of meat steaks called Redefine Meat (also known as Jet-Eat).
The project is focusing on a technology that will allow to produce a plant-based meat alternative, or more precisely the whole meal: beefsteaks, roast and stewed meat of natural ingredients. This approach combines patented 3D printing technology, digital modeling, and vegetable-based foodstuff formula, allowing the company to create new categories of meat products.
Well, what else have additive technologies introduced to the nutrition sector?
All of these machines can make chocolate, macaroons, sugar, and even more meals: opportunities are almost unlimited. The article describes in detail 3D printers able to print real meals.
Choc Edge Choc Creator 2.0 Plus
Choc Edge Choc Creator 2.0 Plus is a food printer for professional pastry chefs. It helps to produce chocolate objects of various complexity. To print confectioneries, one pour heated chocolate into special 30-millimeter pastry tubes. The printer is equipped with a touch LCD display; patterns are loaded via a USB drive.
There are mobile apps for users: Choc Draw, Mix & Match, and Choc Text. They allow to create your own images and texts.
ChefJet (3D Systems)
3D systems presented food printing devices at CES 2014. Food printers allow to produce multi-faceted consumable forms of sweet cooking masterpieces, from unusual candies and pastries to big cakes and other desserts.
3D Systems ChefJet Pro is a professional confectionary 3D printer designed for various materials and colors. It is based on the jet three-dimensional printing concept: the device models thin layers of sugar-containing powder materials by means of water processing.
ChefJet can work with color, leaving monochromatic prints on objects. At the same time, more advanced ChefJet Pro is able to process several colors simultaneously. Both printers can produce confectionary of sugar and milk chocolate with different tastes, including cherry, mint, and sour apple.
The maximum building area is 255х355х295 mm. The device has a control module with an integrated touch display for creating 3D models as well as a USBportand a wireless interface (Wi-Fi) for obtaining printing data.
The CandyFab 4000
This 3D printer primarily differs from others in the fact that it is aimed at entertainment: it has a poor resolution but can print candies! Sugar is one of several powdery substances that can be used here. CandyFab prints items, simply melting sugar powder layer by layer. CandyFab's key features include:
- low cost of required details;
- the pretty low price of ingredients (sugar);
- non-toxic environment (sugar);
- a large construction envelope;
- open source design.
CandyFab is definitely not intended to make high-quality objects. Besides, it is not a cooking 3D printer for cakes, as its resolution is too small (0.2–0.06) and obtained surfaces are not smooth. However, it is inexpensive (a standard model can cost $500) and will be perfect for beginners to train.
Foodini (Nautral Machines)
Foodini is based on FDM technology (layering technique). The printer pushes out fluid material on the printing platform, eventually forming an integral construction.
The device consists of five capsules for five different ingredients. Each of them can be pushed out at various pressures and temperature.
These capsules are filled with off-the-shelf paste-like materials prepared using a hand blender or in any other manner.
A 3D product can be consumed right after production (for instance, if it refers to desserts) or can be exposed to heat treatment (if you print pasta or pizza).
Chef 3D by BeeHex is able to print a unique pizza according to the customer’s individual requirements: for example, one can produce a pizza for kids in the form of their favorite cartoon characters or a gluten-free pizza for adults suffering from gastrointestinal problems.
The device applies a pneumatic system instead of conventional additive manufacturing. In 2017, BeeHex attracted venture investments amounting to $1 million to develop 3D printers. According to the leading investor, this solution can catch the interest of such major pizza restaurants as Domino’s or Pizza Hut.
Initially, BeeHex wanted to create a printer to produce diversified products for astronauts during long space missions. However, co-founders of the company have managed to adapt their unique technology to the commercial market on earth.