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The Ten Food 3D Printers You Should Know

Published on December 16, 2021 by Madeleine P.

3D printing materials are becoming increasingly diverse, but when we talk about additive manufacturing, we often think of plastics or metals. But today, we wanted to focus on something very different namely food. And yes, some 3D printers do allow for the creation of sweets, pastries, chocolates, pizzas and dishes of all kinds. A food 3D printer offers more freedom and creativity in the kitchen and in some cases, can even reduce food waste. Even if we are not yet convinced that these machines will replace our ovens and microwaves, they have an interesting potential for all those who love to cook. In this listing, we introduce you to food 3D printers that are already being used!

3D Chocolate Shaper – byFlow

Food Tech company byFlow specializes in 3D printing of chocolate. To print with the notoriously tricky ingredient, the company has developed 3D Chocolate Shaper, based on a patented technology to design all types of chocolate parts. ByFlow provides you with the Online Chocolate Design Studio, where you can create your own chocolate designs in minutes. Any type of chocolate can be used with a fully automatic temperature control system. Note that you can also use this 3D printer to design other sweet or savory foods. ByFlow also opened one of the first restaurants to integrate a 3D food printer.

Photo Credits: byFlow

WiibooxSweetin

The WiibooxSweetin food 3D printer is a printer that combines precision, quality and creativity and is designed for professional use. Additionally, the machine is easy to use. All users need to do  is download the 3D model files into the machine and start printing. The printing materials? There’s (really) something for everyone: chocolate, cheese, mashed potatoes, beans, caramel, honey, jam, cookies. The printer includes a real-time temperature control device that ensures food is perfectly sealed. The technology used is fused deposition modeling (FDM), has several types of nozzles included and is compatible with .stl .obj . amr files.

food 3D printer

Photo Credits: WiibooxSweetin

SMRC’s 3D Printing System for Space

When people think of 3D printed food, most of the time it is for projects for people on Earth. But this is not always the case. Enter SMRC’s 3D printed food system which has been developed to make food for long duration space missions in collaboration with NASA. The company aims to create food using 3D printing that has interesting flavors while including nutrient supplements that will set off nutritional degradation from long-term storage. Essentially, the system will dispense viscous food that has been made from powder and ingredients and they have already successfully made cheese pizza using it. They hope to provide healthy nutrition for astronauts.

nūfood from Dovetailed

nūfood, which was born from a hackathon, is the world’s first liquid-based 3D food printer and was created by Dovetailed. The company is tight-lipped on how exactly the 3D printing technology works, but the result is essentially edible, 3D printed flavor bubbles as the printer “offers the ability to create juicy bites in a variety of shapes, flavors and colors on-demand.” Users can just tap the available app, pour in the flavors and then print, with 3D food flavor bursts ready in minutes. Additionally, the ingredients are high-quality and vegan-friendly ranging from both savory to sweet. The printer is available to rent in the United Kingdom for events on their website, though they also note that it is ready for commercial manufacture.

food 3D printer

Photo Credits: Dovetailed

mycusini® 2.0

This chocolate 3D printer definitely steals the show from other kitchen appliances! The mycusini® 2.0 has been enhanced with interesting features since its predecessor and represents the latest generation of the machine. The first thing that catches the eye is the timeless design combined with pink elements. But the device is not only visually a real eye-catcher: the mycusini® 2.0 has an integrated library of over 1,000 objects that can be called up with the 3.5″ touch color display, including object preview. If you want to design your 3D objects yourself, you get free access to the mycusini Club. Objects can be printed with the provided Choco Refills with a size of up to 90 x 90mm. The removable platform allows easy cleaning of the device. The device is available at a special price of €758.70 on the manufacturer’s website.

Photo Credits: mycusini

Choc Creator V2.0 Plus

After the success of the Choc Creator V1 and V2 devices (which are no longer sold), the Choc Creator V2.0 Plus is the optimized version of the Choc Edge chocolate 3D printer. The device scores with a larger design area of 180 mm x 180 mm x 40 mm and allows the production of creative chocolate creations with fine lines from 0.8 mm width. Common STL files can be used, which are transferred directly to the device with a USB stick. Two 0.8 mm metal nozzles are included and the machine comes with pre-installed ready-to-print 2D and 3D G-codes, making the Choc Creator V2.0 Plus ready for immediate use. The machine can be purchased for around €3,350.

Photo Credits: Choc Edge

Foodini, the 3D food printer par excellence

Foodini is surely one of the most popular 3D food printers today. It is a kitchen appliance developed by the company Natural Machines, which allows food customization and 3D printing. They claim that this solution allows eating healthier dishes, improving kitchen efficiency and reducing food waste. The competitive advantage is that users can create all kinds of dishes using their own natural and fresh ingredients. In terms of user experience, the Foodini stands out for its ease of setup and interaction when working with the machine. From loading the stainless steel capsules to interacting with the large touch screen, Foodini guides the user through every step of the process. What better way to get started in food 3D printing?

Photo Credits: Natural Machines

Brill 3D Culinary Studio, 3D printing in the culinary arts

Brill Inc. and 3D Systems have teamed up to develop an innovative new additive manufacturing system that aims to revolutionize the culinary arts. The result of a multi-year collaboration, this professional, full-color 3D printing technology offers culinary enthusiasts a unique opportunity to create original, customized dishes, figures, garnishes and anything else they can imagine.  As for the 3D printing process, users must begin by separating the wet and dry ingredients, so that the machine can mix them with automated precision, and then create the models layer by layer. This system includes 3D Systems’ software, the Brill 3D Culinary Printer machine and finally the powders and binders that allow the production of an unlimited range of original creations.

food 3D printer

Photo Credits: Brill Inc

Procusini 5.0

The Procusini 5.0 food 3D printer was developed by the German company Print2Taste and is based on an extrusion process. It has a printing plate of 25 x 15 cm and weighs only 9 kilos making it easy to transport and integrate into the kitchen. It is considered today as a machine for the professionals of the restoration. It offers automatic calibration and connectivity via an SD card.  It is a printer that has cartridges that can be heated up to 60 degrees, easily cleaned and simple to change. The Procusini 5.0 user will be able to access the Procusini Club allowing him to download more than 1,000 templates, logos, messages, etc. as well as to get tips and tricks.

Photo Credits: Print2Taste

The Mmuse food 3D printer

Chinese manufacturer Mmuse is behind the eponymous machine, which specializes in chocolate extrusion. It is a food 3D printer that has a printing volume of 160 x 130 x 150 mm, a nozzle of 0.8 mm in diameter and a printing speed of 30-60 mm / s. The Mmuse printer uses cocoa beans that it melts, all in a controlled environment in terms of temperature. It also incorporates a touch screen to facilitate the operations of the user and monitor in real time its prints. Today, this food 3D printer is available from 5 700 dollars.

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