Companies are finding more and more ways to harness the power of 3D printing technology. At CES 2015, XYZPrinting, the company who also made the Da Vinci AiO 3D printer, introduced a 3D printer that makes use of flour and chocolate as “ink,” which you can then turn into pastries, cookies, cake decorations, and more (you still have to bake them).
The three-chambered food printer is more or less the same size as an all-in-one printer. It prints out food in layers, with a maximum size of 7.8″ by 5.9″ by 5.9″. According to company representatives, the printer can currently produce one object at a time, which means you’ll have to print out cook-able objects one by one, before you can bake an entire batch in the oven (or maybe cut it into pieces).
Preset 3D designs are selected on the machine’s 5″ touch screen. New designs will be available on XYZPrinting’s cloud-based service, which you can download directly to the printer. Users can also download compatible 3D files from the Internet, or upload their own designs to the printer by using a USB drive. The company says the system will be extremely user-friendly, and will come with one-touch functionality.
For now, the printer is only limited to creating pastries only, but rumour has it that their next plan is to use the technology to make pizzas. I’m guessing their future pizza printer will be able to print out the dough, and add on layers of sauce, cheese, and other toppings, which you’ll then need to cook in an oven, much like the printer they demoed at CES.
XYZPrinting’s food printer will be available during the second quarter of 2015, with a price that will likely cost somewhere around $2000.