No Need to Cook, Now You Can 3D-Print Your Food

May 19, 2015 Updated: October 8, 2018

The Italian food company Barilla has developed the world’s first 3-D-pasta printer.

Using water and semolina flour milled from durum wheat—just like the company’s traditional recipe—the machine can print out pasta in practically any shape. Check out the printer at work:

Barilla developed the technology with the Dutch research institute TNO (Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research), which recently unveiled the printer prototype at an international food expo in Milan, Italy.

The printer can print four items at a time, within two minutes. While the printer isn’t commercially available just yet, TNO said consumers can look forward to pasta made with different ingredients or in different textures.

Food printing using 3-D isn’t exactly new. Designers have been developing different types of printing methods and machines for use by professional chefs and everyday home cooks. Purées, doughs, powders, and other molten materials can be easily used for printing everything from ice cream to chocolate to pancakes.

You can even print out full meals. The Spanish company Natural Machines is preparing to sell their Foodini 3-D food printer as a kitchen appliance in stores later this year. People can place fresh ingredients into the machine’s capsules to print food items like ravioli, burgers, and breadsticks.

Natural Machines said the machine is a fun, easy way to encourage consumers to make homemade food instead of buying processed goods.

A Foodini will sell for about $1,300 or about 1,000 euros, according to the company’s website.

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