This project's funding goal was not reached on April 25, 2014.
About this project
April 9th: NEW ADDED FEATURE: built-in 3D scanner. Now included in Foodini!
We are really excited to announce that Foodini will ship with built-in 3D scanner hardware. We’ve been working with our partners for quite some time to have this hardware installed in the first shipping units of Foodini, and today we can confirm that it will definitely be included.
With a built-in 3D scanner, you can:
- Scan an object, then save the resulting digital shape and print it (using chocolate, for example).
- Scan an object, such as a dish, or a cupcake, and print on top of it. Great for plate decorations or adding decorations on food already made.
The 3D scanner will have a resolution of 0.1mm.
If you have already pledged for a Foodini via Kickstarter or purchased Foodini via other channels, your Foodini will automatically include this 3D scanner hardware – no action is necessary on your part. This additional feature is included FREE of charge: no additional charges will be added to your pledge.
Foodini is the first 3D food printer to print all types of real, fresh, nutritious foods, from savory to sweet. Designed for home and professional kitchens, Foodini comes with empty food capsules. You prepare and place fresh, real ingredients in Foodini. No fake food. No being forced to buy pre-filled food capsules. Made with fresh ingredients, this is real food... 3D printed.
Our ethos of healthy eating and the variety of fresh ingredients we can print attracts a lot of interest. Natural Machines and Foodini have been covered enthusiastically by the media worldwide. A small sample:
“Who wants a 3D printer for just candy when you can have one that prints a five-course dinner instead?” - Engadget
"Instead of forcing people to rely on highly processed convenience food that’s larded with additives and unhealthy levels of salt, as microwave meals generally are, they want Foodini to get more people cooking with fresh ingredients, rather than reaching for that pre-processed packet." - TechCrunch
"The Foodini 3D printer will take over your repetitive cooking tasks." - Gigaom
“What it (the machine) does help with is the visuals and to create shapes that wouldn’t be possible without it.” -Michelin-starred chef
“It’s been printed out? But how is it done? It’s good! It tastes like a normal cookie!” “It’s good. It can’t be from a printer. It’s really good!” “It tastes super delicious! It’s really good.” “It’s great! The shapes are imaginative.” “Tasty. Really tasty!” “What? That’s awesome!” –People on the street taste testing 3D printed food . Some TV crews that came to visit us took our 3D printed food to the streets for a taste test. There were some people who thought the idea of 3D printed food was a bit too radical and refused to try the food. But EVERYONE who tasted 3D printed food liked it!
We were on live TV at the NASDAQ Times Square studios, appearing on CNBC's Fast Money show. Watch the segment! (April 2, 2014)
We were on live TV at the Fox Business News studios, appearing on the Varney & Co show. Watch the segment! (April 3, 2014)
Using 3D printing to eat healthier
Too many people have abandoned food made with fresh ingredients in favor of pre-made processed food with lots of preservatives and additives. Now, 3D printing technology allows us to recover healthy habits by making homemade food preparation healthy, easier, and fun!
Foodini takes on the difficult parts of making food that are hard and time consuming to make fully by hand. One of our goals is to streamline some of cooking's more repetitive activities - forming dough into fish-shaped crackers, or forming ravioli - to encourage more people to make fresh healthy foods.
We understand that a kitchen appliance that happens to be a 3D food printer is a very new concept. Please take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions on our website where you will find more than 20 questions... and associated answers!
Home Kitchen Users
Don't buy pre-processed snacks and meals. Make healthier versions of the foods you are accustomed to by using fresh ingredients and tailor them to your tastes and needs (for example, adjust ingredients for any food intolerances or allergies).
Professional Kitchen Users
Star chefs enjoy experimenting in their restaurants. Kitchen devices are always state of the art, and food has designer elements. With Foodini, combine fresh homegrown produce with modern technology to create visuals and shapes that wouldn't be possible by hand.
Foodini is a connected kitchen appliance with a community site
Foodini has a built-in touch screen on the front, and the integrated application connects to an online community site where in addition to generally available content (viewing recipes, online demos, etc.), users will have access to a personalized online recipe box (favorites), and the ability to upload and share their own recipe creations.
The community site will be viewable from the Foodini onboard touchscreen as well as your tablet, laptop, smartphone, etc. Browse recipes and create your printing layout while relaxing on your sofa.
For the tech enthusiasts who love to create applications, we are releasing APIs for 3rd parties to customize recipe applications. For example, make the perfect ravioli configurator or use mathematical models to print intricate designed shapes.
Once the user chooses the recipe they want to print, Foodini will instruct what food to put in each capsule, and then printing can begin.
Foodini is a sleek kitchen appliance that will look stylish in any kitchen, be it a home kitchen or restaurant. It arrives ready for use (plug and play). A touch-screen mini-tablet that functions as the user interface is embedded on the front of the device.
Where we are today
- Working on building, designing, and proving the concept of Foodini since 2012.
- Printing food for over a year on beta/concept/prototype/pre-production versions of Foodini.
- Working with a major manufacturing partner to ensure high product quality and reliability, and they are committed to assisting with post-sales support. Major ecosystem production partners are in place.
- Patenting and protecting Intellectual Property to ensure Foodini and the community can continue to develop and grow, and allows us to continue innovating in the 3D food printer space.
- Bootstrapping the company, so we are very mindful of running a lean team and watching where every dollar goes... we will continue to do that with any Kickstarter support we receive.
- Receiving interest from over 40 countries enquiring about purchasing Foodini, for use in both home and professional kitchens.
We are ready for industrialization with your support. Kickstarter will enable us to produce an initial manufacturing run (early access/pre-series model; limited production run), subsequent first mass production run, and build out the community site to advanced levels.
Together with your support, we can all bring Foodini into kitchens worldwide faster than would be able to otherwise. Some people have told us that the kitchen hasn't seen any major breakthroughs since the microwave, and Foodini could be it. Be a part of the next kitchen revolution!
We have a great, passionate, experienced team in place. We are over a year and a half into the product development cycle. We are working with a top manufacturer who has experience assembling complex products, some of which you use every day. We have traction in the marketplace. We have a vision. We firmly believe that Natural Machines has a great future in an exciting industry that is growing each day.
We hope you’ll join us for the ride.
Last but not least.... THANK YOU
Thank you, in advance, for your interest in Natural Machines and Foodini. We deeply appreciate any and all support.
If you decide to help us reach our goal, we promise:
- To keep supporters updated on project progress. Yes, we know we have to do that anyway on Kickstarter, but we take that responsibility very seriously.
- Kickstarter supporters who pledge amounts to get a Foodini will receive it before anyone outside of Kickstarter.
Risks and challenges
Similar to many Kickstarter projects, we face several key risks and challenges. The primary risks include:
Risk: It might take longer than expected to manufacture Foodini.
How we are minimizing this risk: We have a major manufacturing partner in place, we've been working together for over a year, and we're almost ready to produce Foodini on a manufacturing line. We have been working together to optimize the design of Foodini for mass production, negotiating with suppliers, testing component quality, and building a quality product. Although we cannot tell you the name of our manufacturer, we can tell you that they manufacture products that many of you use on a daily basis. In short, our manufacturer is very experienced, and we're using that experience to make sure Foodini is ready for manufacturing. That's where your support comes in: to get Foodini manufactured faster than could be accomplished otherwise.
Challenge: To achieve a high level of simplicity in the entire user experience with a very technological complex system.
How we are minimizing this challenge: We have taken two key steps to ensure our engineering success - 1) We have formed an amazing team of engineers and designers, and 2) we have selected a top class partner that is helping us bring the onboard touch screen user experience to life.
HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE
Risk: Hardware and software might not be at the highest standard levels in initial shipments.
How we are minimizing this risk: One of our goals before any production run is to get the hardware at a very high level of quality and functionality, along with quality software. A great piece of advice we have received from many experienced people is to get the hardware right from the start, ship it with good software, and then take advantage of being a connected appliance and push out software upgrades as often as needed. Since Foodini is a connected appliance, meaning it is connected to the internet, we will push out software and firmware updates as they become available, even after Foodini ships. Take comfort in knowing your Foodini will not become obsolete anytime soon. Rather, your Foodini will stay on the cutting edge of 3D food printing technology.
UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES AND DELAYS
Risk: Something may delay the entire project.
What we are doing to minimize this risk: We are working with an experienced manufacturing partner to minimize any surprises. If any unforeseen circumstances and/or delays do happen with the Foodini project, we promise to be transparent and inform our supporters. Whatever happens, we will keep you updated, and we will do everything we can to ensure a high-quality product and on-time delivery of Foodini!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
A kitchen appliance that happens to be a 3D food printer is a very new concept... I have a lot of questions.
We have a lot of answers! Please take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions on our website where you will find more than 20 questions... and associated answers.
Of course, if you have more questions, please do ask us. We are happy to have a dialogue. :-)
Foodini ships with empty food capsules so that you can prepare your own fresh food to print. Using fresh ingredients means no preservatives, additives, or other un-natural/un-wholesome ingredients.
Why don't you provide pre-filled food capsules? If I'm going to 3D print something, I just want to add food capsules and print.
Foodini ships with empty food capsules so that you can being printing with fresh foods on the day you receive your Foodini.
We are also working with partners to create pre-filled capsules to print. However, we are working to make the food capsules with little to no preservatives/additives or other un-natural ingredients. This takes some time, so we cannot guarantee that pre-filled food capsules will be available from day 1. Do know, however, that we are working on this. :-)
We are also working with retailers that make fresh food on site, in order to have Foodini foods pre-made in the store with fresh ingredients. As these meals and snack capsules would be made on-site, they wouldn't require any preservatives or additives. Imagine stopping in at your favorite retailer that makes fresh foods, buying a 5 capsule pack of freshly made ravioli ingredients, coming home, popping the capsules in Foodini, and then having freshly made ravioli. Again, this takes a bit of time to organise with retailers, so it might not be available when Foodini first ships. Again, we're working on it. :-)
Some things can be simple looking, but really aren't so simple to make by hand. Take crackers as an example. Have you ever tried to make your own crackers? You have to roll out the dough to a super thin layer in order to achieve a crunchy result, then shape and transfer your crackers to a baking tray to bake. You have flour all over the counter, and perhaps you would struggle with getting the dough to an even layer of thin-ness and perhaps rip some of the dough shapes as you transfer them from the counter to the baking sheet. Enter Foodini. It prints individual crackers, consistent thin layers of dough, and you can print in different shapes. Print directly on Foodini's glass plate or on another oven-safe surface and easily transfer your crackers to the oven. Easy.
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