Future Technology: Natural Machines

By: Judah Maendel

If you’re into technology or engineering, you’ve likely heard of 3D printing. Also known as additive manufacturing, this is the process of creating a physical object from a three dimensional model.  Most 3D printers use plastics to achieve this, but an innovative technology by Natural Machines allows the printing of food using edible ingredients. This invention promotes healthy eating by promoting the use of fresh, natural ingredients, which are squeezed out of stainless steel capsules inside an oven-sized containment unit with a touchscreen for control. The company also plans to provide preservative-free pre-packaged plastic capsules that can also be used. This device will also boast the ability to receive and send recipes through smartphones, which I’m sure would be very appreciated. This new technology, like any, is not without flaws. This initial stage, expected to ship late 2015, is aimed more at professional kitchens, with a consumer version to follow with an expected price tag of $1,000. Also, although this technology is very helpful, it’s not instant. So if you’re hungry, you’ll have to wait. The initial version is also missing one important detail: it can’t cook the food. Once the food is prepared by the machine, it will still have to be cooked manually. This will change in future models, however, once the company finds out how well their 3D-printed food will be accepted into society. What do you think? Would you eat food made by a machine?