If you are a frequent reader of technology based magazines and websites, then you probably can’t help but notice the ever increasing coverage of 3D printing related stories. Whether it is the 3D printing of medical models, medical implants, entire cars or entire houses, the technology is certainly an up-and-comer. However, only a few short years ago, any mention of 3D printing food would probably have received plenty of responses consisting of laughs and giggles. This is 2015 though, and anything is possible, right?
Back in April, we reported on a company called Bocusini who had developed a unique 3D printing system (Printrbot metal + heated Bocusini Printer Head + WIFI control + user interface) capable of printing food. In May. they took the world by storm with the launch of their Kickstarter campaign. Ever since, they have been busy iterating upon both the machine and their unique food cartridge printing system.
Now the company is almost set to release the Bocusini food printing system to market, as they have announced a release date of February of 2016. Preorders for the machine are also now open, with the Bocusini 3D Printing System available for just 899€ (approximately $1014).
To help show off some of the things in which this 3D printer can be used for, the team at Bocusini has been working diligently on creating some very unique food products with their machine.
One of their latest creations is the 3D printed #3DBenchy boat, printed entirely out of Marzipan. For those of you unfamiliar with this confection, it is an edible, made up mostly of honey and almond meal. It tastes great and can be used for a lot of different things, which now apparently includes 3D printing. As you can see in the video below, 3D printing in Marzipan is no challenge for the Bocusini, and best of all, this cute little boat is entirely edible.
In addition to the launching of pre-orders for this 3D printer and the release of these fascinating videos, Bocusini has also made more details of their machines publicly available. Below you will find some of the latest specifications:
- Usable for all flowable food products
- Volume capsules: 60 ml
- Printing temperature: 20-70°C ( 68-158 F)
- Nozzle diameter: 1-3 mm
- Working voltage: 110-230 V AC
- Worktop: 150 X 150 X 130 mm
- WIFI controlled open source software and hardware
- Control by nearly any smart device without additional software or app
- Heatable printer head
- WIFI control
- User interface
- Capsule system for refill, including 3 cartridges and 600 g product
Without a doubt, 3D printing of food will eventually take off, and we will begin to see not only professional kitchens integrating these machines into their workspaces, but also at-home users who wish to make food creations unlike anything ever seen before. What do you think about the Bocusini? Would you like to 3D print an edible boat? How about a labyrinth made of liver? Discuss in the Bocusini forum thread on 3DPB.com.