The future of food is fast upon us. Already, artificial intelligences are taking over jobs in fast food restaurants because they can take orders, make custom burgers, and more. We’re also growing edible meat in labs, much to the benefit of the environment because it greatly reduces greenhouse emissions and may even be healthier because they are sterile and also not filled with hormones and antibiotics.
Beyond that, we can also print food. Sure, we’ve had edible inks like those used in image transfer for cakes, but now we can print so much more. Restaurants like Food Ink are popping up that only use 3D printing to create their meals.
Check out the top ten 3D printing companies and printers in the food industry.
Natural Machines is helping people create food with soul. Their setup with the Foodini allows users to print delicious, fresh food in intricate and artistic ways. It can be used for both savory and sweet foods.
Check out these gorgeous waffles made with the Foodini!
WASP stands for World’s Advanced Saving Project. They help 3D printing initiatives from food to art to healthcare and more, and they’re solving the world’s problems left and right. The DeltaWasp can print all sorts of food, and WASP has even modified one with an extruder to pre-cook a celiac-friendly gluten-free substrate for 3D food printing.
Like the others on this list, the ChefJet Pro is able to print food materials. But 3D Systems is doing even more for the 3D food printing ecosystem. They host Culinary Labs where creators can experiment with 3D printing, food, and mixology and help bring this technology into a more widespread food industry.
XYZPrinting creates a wide range of 3D printers built for all kinds of applications and even offer kid-safe printers for STEM education and printers that also offer laser engraving and 3D scanning.
As you can see in this CNET video from CES, their gastro-printer can even print cookies!
The NuFood robot is a 3D printer that’s about the size of a wine bottle that lets users create little bursting structures of any juice or sauce in much the same vein as pearlization in molecular gastronomy. Except with the Nufood, you don’t have app where you can get recipes from all the world’s best chefs for use with the NuFood robot. to mix your chemicals and spend ages with a dropper–you just press a button.
byFlow has made a 3D printer with a highly intuitive design. It folds up into a suitcase for easy transport and is relatively lightweight. With their printers, you can print all the “normal” materials, but you can also print food. It’s portability and multimaterial options make it ideal for chefs in restaurants and at home to create complex, 3D printed shapes that are entirely edible. Their printer offers a heated printing bed to pre-fry food. It’s trusted by restaurants such as La Boscana.
Bocusini, creators of 3D family portraits and selfies, offer multimaterial printing options that include chocolate and marzipan. Their site even explains how to get the necessary files to print a custom 3D bust of a couple from marzipan for wedding cakes.
Born out of a NASA project, Beehex is a B2B food printer company that can print customized meals ultra fast. Users can make personalizations via a mobile app for the recipes including their signature dish–ciabatta pizza!
Mmuse creates a variety of 3D printers. They offer a desktop 3D food printer for sweet and savory foods. They also offer several different chocolate printers including a deluxe version with a gorgeous touchscreen and lustrous finish. At the time of this writing, that deluxe 3D chocolate printer runs around $5k. They also make non-food printers.
Have you ever wanted to print a pancake? Whether you answer yes or no, the important thing is that you can. PancakeBot is widely available, and you can buy one on Amazon for less than $300. Just figure out what you want to print and it will drop the batter on the hotplate in just the right shape for the most complex looking pancake you’ll ever eat. It knows which batter to print first for the right browning of lines and shapes. Users can upload their own images via SD card or explore online to see what other people are making.
Do you know of any other 3D printing companies in the food industry that deserve a spot on this list? Let us know in the comments below!