If it's your first time printing with Foodini, we highly recommend choosing one (or more!) of the following three onboarding prints:
We know it's very exciting to get Foodini, but please do not skip this step of printing at least one of these first prints. There are specifically chosen to get you printing as fast as possible.
One of the benefits of Foodini is you do not need to know anything about 3D printers. But even if you are familiar with traditional 3D printers, do not skip this step of doing at least one of the first prints. Foodini is different than other 3D printers.
Top Three Basic Tips
There are 3 basic concepts to understand for successful printing:
Nozzle Size: Make sure the nozzle size you are using on the capsule matches the nozzle size indicated in the print.
Ingredients: You CAN substitute ingredients for others without changing the print or the ingredients indicated on the print, but it must be a similar consistency - or the print result might not be as expected.
Suitable Nozzle Size and Ingredients: Make sure your ingredients are appropriate for the nozzle size. If you are using chunky ingredients, the chunks must be smaller than the nozzle size.
As Foodini has multiple nozzle sizes to choose from, you do not have to stick to printing purees only. You can print ingredients with texture. However, the texture must be suitable for the chosen nozzle size. Printing with a chunky guacamole? We recommend using a 4.0 nozzle, and chunks must be smaller than the nozzle size. Of course we don't expect you to measure each chunk, you will have to use your judgement. But with practice, you'll quickly pick up on what will work... and what will not! Alternatively, strain the guacamole, and then you can use smaller nozzle sizes.
Finding the 1st prints in the Dish Gallery
If you see dishes in the dish gallery but you don't see these 3 dishes on top of the screen, simply sort the gallery alphabetically by tapping the sort button next to the search bar: or by typing 1st in the search bar.
If you have a blank dish gallery with no dishes, make sure you are connected to WiFi and tap refresh ( ).
All of these 1st prints use the larger 40 nozzle size. We recommend printing with mashed potato or food of a similar texture. These prints are designed so that you can complete a print quickly and see how Foodini functions.
Ingredient for the 1st Prints
We recommend using mashed potato for the first print. We use instant mashed potato, as it's fast to prepare and comes together easily in a texture good for first printing. Or, you can use homemade mashed potato if you like.
The consistency should be smooth, no lumps or chunks, but not watery. If you can put a spoon upright in the mashed potato and it stays upright after you let go, you have a good consistency!
Don't have mashed potato at hand? Use an ingredient with a similar texture. For example, hummus, or even cream cheese.
This page will describe the multiple options available on the print preview screen: Surface Height You can print on top of the dish that comes with Foodini, or any other flat surface: another plate, a cake, etc. In all cases, the Foodini plate/dish ...
The print status screen will show while Foodini is printing. You can also get to the print status screen by selecting menu ( ), then Print Status ( ). Inside Light On/Off The light should be on automatically when it's needed, but if it's off when ...
Chocolate is one of the most difficult ingredients to print and requires practice and patience. Water is the worst enemy when printing chocolate! It is very important to make sure all the capsule components are dry, including the area between the ...
Larger Dots Larger sized dots are good for printing things like gnocchi, meatballs... or veggie-balls! Printing larger sized dots require some adjustments on the advanced user settings. In general, you'll want to increase these three settings: Print ...
Although we constantly strive to make Foodini error-free, errors may sometimes happen. Here is a list of the most common ones our users come across, along with solutions. Have an error that's not addressed here and you don't know what to do? Please ...