Las Vegas – From cooking on your own to be able to print and cook your favorite meal with just single touch of a screen. This concept is not far from reality with a 3D printer machine that is being showcased in Consumer Electronics Show (CES), an annual trade show organized by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). The machine called “Foodie” has catch many attention as it is a unique approach by a 3D printing company, Natural Machines that aim to change the way people prepare food.
This is indeed a new achievement since the first ever 3D printing done by Japanese scientist in 1981, Hideo Kodama of Nagoya Municipal Industrial Research Institute. His great founding including instantly transforming a vat of liquid photopolymer into solid piece of plastic, molded into the shape of your 3D-model design using just a UV laser beam.
“At first, we may produce mere food like confectionary, but the new outcomes definitely will coming.” said the head Project Robert.
They are now focusing on creating fresh meat to cope with limited supply of food prior to the increasing global population that is set to reach 9 billion by 2050.
Foodie is on its way into the high-end Restaurants like La Enoteca in Barcelona. According to Robert, Michelin-starred chefs are likely to find Foodie appealing for one main reasons. First, there’s the presentation factor: a 3D printer can create intricate shapes and obtain a precision scale that the human hand could not wow the diner. “There are indeed a lot of chefs, particularly the higher-end ones right now, who are always competing to create something fresh and innovative and creative, so this is another tool which allows them do that.
” Robert explained further about why Foodie is a perfect machine to be owned by high end restaurant. Simply put, this device is about to become a great tool used mostly by chefs and patissiers to experiment with textures and patterns, save time and expense, generate different designs, and astound their customers.
At first, their market only targeting professional kitchens and other enterprise but after some adjustment, now it can also be used on a daily basis by home user. Once Foodie reaches home kitchen users, it will benefit people who don’t enjoy cooking or somehow can’t. Even for those who cook often, the moment they do not have the time, it would still be an attractive option. However, Robert doesn’t suggest that 3D-printed food should replace traditional cooking techniques, but it should surely be an alternative that will produce more appetizing outcomes than microwaveable food.
The 3D printing machine also will help in reducing food waste by recreating the ‘ugly’ looking food. The food such as fruits and vegetables, meats, and fish which don’t look appetizing usually don’t pass quality control and are tossed away despite being completely excellent products.
“Everyone is afraid of robots taking over jobs and everything. At the end of the day we look at Foodie as a kitchen appliance, so I really don’t believe anyone is fearful of their stove or oven taking over their careers.” Robert added. It is about time to make use of such devices that can potentially help in improving people’s life especially in terms of food instead of being afraid of them.