Natural Machines is a Spanish startup that is currently working on a 3D printer capable of producing pasta, bread and other types of food starting from pre-packaged liquids and mixtures: this is a formula that could revolutionize the 3D printing market and also a little that of gastronomy.
Unlike other 3D printers, the device developed by Natural Machines could 'print' food from 6 different materials (treated a bit as if they were food inks). This will allow the creation and development of much more complex foods: the food printer will also be equipped with a thermal mechanism capable of keeping the material warm during and after processing.
The basic idea is fascinating: we can program the printer before going to work and find fresh bread, or pasta or other foods directly ready for the table once we return. The purchase of food will be accompanied by the purchase of "ingredients to print", and a part of our lunch will be made up of foods 'assembled' and 'cooked' by devices.
The probable connection with social networks will allow us to exchange ideas, combinations and warnings with our circle of knowledge: I shudder at the thought that my printer will warn me that it is ready on the table.
The selling price (estimated between € 1000 and € 1500) would be justified by the ability to quickly and simply produce complex foods and with a perfect presentation: we will get used to eating dishes that have the perfection of sculptures, to put it in other words.
That's it for now. In the meantime, I unload a plate of linguine with seafood and let you know.