It’s pretty cool that you can 3D print elaborate high fashion accessories, or dinosaur fossils these days, but things really start to get interesting once you realize that the technology may also allow you to print food one day. The creators of Foodini hope that you’ll be interested in using their machine to print a variety of comestibles, not the least of which is some dubiously appetizing pizza. Currently only a prototype, the machine is nevertheless able to extrude a proper pizza dough, which is then topped with cheese and sauce. Sure, it looks kind of wonky, but remember this is still not ready for prime time.
The company that makes this device is called Natural Machines and cofounder Lynetta Kucsma explains that its ability is not limited to pizza. While initially developed to make sweets, it can also make a variety of things from burgers to pasta. But, being only a printer, it doesn’t cook any of these things; it merely prepares them for cooking. Still, it should be able to save you a couple of steps in the kitchen and if you often find yourself making a lot of the same things, like santa-shaped cookies for Christmas.
The plan is to release Foodini around the middle of next year for around $1,200.