BY: NADIA ZAIDI
Let’s stop everything for a moment and marvel in the genius of this newest innovation in 3D printing technology: pizza in the shape of anything you want. All you have to do is hook it up to your computer and voila!
A company called BeeHex has invented Chef 3D – a printer that allows you to print pizza in any shape imaginable. So how does it work?
It begins by printing out the custom shape and then follows the dough, sauce, and cheese. Once those come out, you add your desired toppings (pineapple, anyone?) and place the pizza into the oven.
And if you are vegan or gluten-free, they have you covered. You can print different types of crust and cheese.
Depending on your preferences, a BeeHex pizza can cost anywhere from $8 – $15. Customers will eventually be able to order a pizza using their app.
Here’s how the customization process works:
Step one: Choose the pizza size (10 inch or 12 inch.)
Step two: Select your dough. (plain, tomato, gluten free)
Step three: Time to get saucy! (tomato basil, vodka, pesto)
Step 4: Cheese (Mozzarella or Burrata)
Once you place your order, the technology’s nozzle squeezes liquefied dough out through tubes in your desired shape. The same process is repeated for the cheese and sauce. Once it’s done, you place your pizza into a 400-degree oven for five minutes.
Chef 3D doesn’t want to stop at pizza. It may be the easiest food to print because it is flat, but they hope to create machines that will be capable of creating different snacks and meals.
If you’re looking to get your hands on this printer, you’ll have to wait. A prototype of this printer will showcase at the International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas later this month.
Later in the year, Chef 3D plans on appearing at select theme parks, shopping malls, and sporting arenas.
Inventors received $125,000 from NASA to create this device last year. NASA wanted a robot that could create delicious food for astronauts during their missions to Mars.
Robots can basically do anything you want them to. All you need is own one. But for that, you need a little capital – okay, maybe a whole lot of capital.
Yet 3D printers are more accessible to the general public. Some may cost a few hundred dollars depending on the brand, range and place of purchase.