So I got lucky enough to try out one of the new consumer-level 3D Pizza Printers. This is the 112A-series by Solution Solutions Inc, the computer that made headlines a few weeks ago after they successfully 3D-printed a fully-functional 3D printer. These guys are known for putting out some high quality professional hardware (mainly printers and copiers) and the 112A-series is apparently one of their first forays into the consumer market.
How long does it take to 3D-print pizza?
So how was the pizza? Well, let me start by clarifying a few things here. One: this device doesn’t print out entire 12” pizza pies. The printer is approximately the same size as a standard personal printer, and so it’s nowhere near big enough physically to roll out entire pies. Instead, this machine prints one slice of regular cheese or pepperoni pizza at a time. Two: This isn’t like printing out your resume or a set of Google directions; One slice of pizza takes approximately five to eight minutes to “print.” Remember those old hefty Commodore 64 printers? Similar thumb-twiddling wait time. Not too bad, but if you’re really jonesing for a slice this printer might try your patience.
How does pizza made with a 3D printer actually taste?
Now let’s get to it. How was the pizza? Is 3D-printed pizza even remotely comparable to something like, say, Little Ceasars? The answer: a surprising yes. Once you’re done watching the slice inch slowly out onto the printer tray, you can see right away that this is no gimmicky “cardboard” pizza. This isn’t astronaut food here. This is a piping hot, greasy, slobbery pizza slice that drips oil back onto the top of the printer when you pick it up. The crust is a little soggy (like any pizza when the delivery guy shows up late), but there’s a function where you can print the pizza “well done.” This takes an additional five to eight minutes so I haven’t tried it yet.
Does 3D-printed food contain natural ingredients?
Yes. The cheese is based on 100% real Italian mozzarella cheese. The salty tomato sauce is based on genuine farm fresh tomatoes. So I didn’t take any prisoners. No mopping up all the grease with napkins (sacrilege), no blowing on the pizza to cool it down. No waiting a minute or two. No folding the slice and tilting my head to receive it like a hoity-toity idiot (read my article dealing with pizza folding). I wolfed down the entire slice while the cheese was still bubbling. I burned the living h-ll out of the roof of my mouth.
And then I hit “print again.”
Note: you do have to kind of wipe up the plastic 3D-printer tray after each use, because the pizza leaves a slick trail of cheese/oil their each time. You don’t have to do it after each individual pizza slice, but when you’re done pizza-partying for the night, you’ll want to wipe it down.
Note 2: I bet you’re wondering how many slices I 3D-printed and ate during my initial use of the machine. I printed eight slices (approximately 56 minutes of printing time). The eighth slice came out all low on cheese because the materials cartridges started to get low. Still tasted pretty good though.
Read my first article about Making Pizza With 3D Printers