Nov.14, 2014

Start-up XYZPrinting launched its first 3D food printer, which creates food with capsules and edible ingredients. XYZprinting Inc chairman Simon Shen demonstrates the new printers at a press conference in Taipei yesterday.

The new 3D food printer works as regular 3D printers, but instead of plastic, its extrudes food with different temperatures and consistencies. So far, the printer has successfully printed a range of dishes, from chocolate, cookies to pizza. Shen said that the food is made from fresh ingredients and can be printed into any shapes you like. And you will only need to bake or boil the food before consuming it.

Images credit: Zhan Zi Xian

Shen demonstrated two 3D food printers yesterday, one bigger device which comes with three nozzles, and another small printer with one nozzle. The food was loaded into capsules and printed into different shapes in just five minutes.

"We are working with different suppliers of food ingredients to go with the machine," said XYZprinting Inc chairman Simon Shen. "We believe that in the future 3D food printers might be used in space to print out food for astronauts, a topic NASA is researching at the moment."

Like many other technologies, XYZPrinting's 3D food printer will have to undergo many iterations of trial-and-error before the launch. The company expects that the food printer should be hitting stores by June 2015. And the device would retail at an affordable price, said Shen, compared with rivals' expensive price tags of between US$3,000 and US$5,000 per unit.

Image credit: Zhan Zi Xian

Taiwan-based XYZPrinting's business model is low priced, consumer-grade printers. Last month, XYZPrinting released its first all-in-one 3D printer with a built-in scanner at an affordable price-point of $799.

The one-year-old company produce all their printers in Thailand. And it expects the sales of its 3D printers will reach to 40,000 units this year. XYZPrinting aims to triple its sales of 3D printers to 120,000 units by 2016. Next year XYZPrinting plans to launch high-end 3D printers for professional users. "We are not only capable of making low-cost machines," said Gary Shu, XYZprinting's market development division senior manager.

Watch the video below XYZprinting Inc chairman Simon Shen demonstrates the new printers at a press conference yesterday. (In Chinese)



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Ivan Hoe wrote at 11/15/2014 5:21:38 AM:

Hi 3ders.org, There is a printing error above "The company expects that the food printer should be hitting stores by June 2014.". Thank you, Ivan Hoe



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