Make cookies in any shape you like with XYZPrinting's first Food Printer

XYZPrinting debuts at CES 2015 its first Food Printer, a 3D printer that can print out food items, such as cookies or cake decos. All you have to do is bake the printed object and enjoy it.

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The Food Printer and the delicious 3D-printed cookies it makes. Dong Ngo/CNET

LAS VEGAS -- Soon we'll be able to be very creative with our cooking, all thanks to the new 3D Food Printer from XYZprinting.

The company demoed the machine today at CES 2015 and I found it quite...delicious.

Basically this is a 3D printer, just like the Da Vinci AiO 1.0 that I reviewed a while ago. However, instead turning plastic into 3D objects, the Food Printer turns ingredients into uncooked food. The ingredients can be chocolate or dough or a combination of solid items and the results, for now, will be cookies, or decorations for cakes. You then do need to bake the printed items before you can consume them, however.

XYZPrinting Food Printer specs

Printer Dimension 420 x 427 x 605 mm
Print jets multiple (50-100 cc*3)
Nozzle diameter 1/2/4/8 mm (optional)
Display 5" touch screen
Connectivity USB
Maximum creation size 200 x 150 x 150 mm
Layer thickness 0.8-6.4 mm
Software XYZware
Operating System Win 7/Win 8/Mac OSX 10.8
File Types STL and XYZ format

Just like a 3D printer, the Food Printer can create various 3D shapes for common food items. XYZPrinting says it has worked with a food specialist, and created a proprietary recipe that can be used in single- or triple-material versions. The machine has an onscreen touch display that lets users select a preset design for the shape of the food. Users can also import designs from the Web or use a USB drive to upload their own designs.

During the demo, the machine printed a variety of decorations on bread and each took just about few minutes to finish. I also tried the 3D-printed cookies (already baked) and they were better than those I made myself. No surprises there.

The Food Printer just finished decorating a piece of bread with chocolate. Note the ingredient tube on top. Dong Ngo/CNET

The Food Printer shares the same XYZWare software as the Da Vinci 3D printer and can also handle the same 3D model files. This means you can really make cookies in countless shapes thanks to the amount of 3D models available online.

The XYZPrinting Food Printer is slated to be available in the second quarter of 2015. Its pricing is currently not available, but will likely be in the vicinity of $2000. The price for its consumables is also not available at this time. Check back later in the year for the full review. Personally, I can't wait to make my own dragon cookies.