For $1,000, the Foodini 3D printer will take over your repetitive cooking tasks

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Natural Machines has been making our mouths water with its planned Foodini food 3D printer for months. Now, it looks like it will ship the first model in January 2015 to people who back the Barcelona-based startup’s Kickstarter campaign.

Food is one of the oldest desktop 3D printing mediums. Like existing food printers, the Foodini is compatible with ingredients that are not too firm and not too runny; think cookie dough or Velveeta cheese. It can print vase-like chocolate pieces, dinosaur-shaped quiches (pictured above) or anything else a user dreams up.

But Natural Machines’ main innovation was building a printer that can print with six different ingredients and designing it to look like any other compact, stainless steel appliance.

A rendering of the Foodini 3D printer. Photo courtesy of Natural Machines. A rendering of the Foodini 3D printer. Photo courtesy of Natural Machines.

Natural Machines emphasized in its campaign that the printer is compatible with healthy, fresh foods, including fruits and vegetables. Users prep ingredients…

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