Relish Savory Items, cooked by 3D food Printer in your kitchen
Possibility is an interesting aspect of technology; it lets the ideas become innovation. For chefs, food connoisseurs and domestic kitchens, technology is yet again full of ideas this time. Researchers from Cornell Creative Machines Lab (CCML) are busy working on the concept of 3D food printers, to make it into a reality for kitchens and restaurants. The idea originally came from the concept of 3D model of printing. The amazing and latest printer platform, Fab@Home, has been designed by CCML to produce functional 3D objects.
The initiative for 3D food printer came when French Culinary Institute based in Manhattan, New York City collaborated with CCML to make the digital cooking come true. Though the printer can produce only raw food at the moment, it is being researched so that the material is cooked before it prints. The Fab@Home concept started in 2005 to make custom objects on-demand, while the experiments with food fabrication began by 2007.
Working methodology of Fab@Home:
”You hand (the computer) three bits of info: a shape that you want, a description of how that shape can be made, and a description of how that material that you want to print with works,” said Jeff Lipton, a Cornell University Ph.D student working on the project.
Using ‘edible inks’ and digital blueprints, the printer can make the demanded food item, such as a traditional Austrian sugar cookie. There are implications for healthy eating as well, aimed to lure kids to eat healthy food for nutrition. David Arnold, director of culinary technology at the French Culinary Institute suggests that the machine would help create new textures that were not possible manually. It means chefs would soon be experimenting to get flavors that are more delectable.
Since this is an academic project, the 3D food printer is not commercially available. However, the blueprints are available free online, which entrepreneurs can download to build their own printers. A New York-based start-up, Essential Dynamics, is working on a version to produce the printer in the range of $700 to $1000. Another retailer, www.nextfabstore.com offers an assembled version for $3,300.