Saturday, December 25, 2010

Food made by a printer at Cornell are creating a 3D food printer. Cornell University's Computational Synthesis Lab's project will one day allow you to tweet what you're in the mood for and it will be printed up and ready to eat.

The "3D food printer" uses syringes filled with "raw food ink." You place the inks in the top of the printer, load a recipe and the machine will cook it up then print it out. Simple changes in the recipe will allow for the same food to be cooked in different ways, such as softer cookies.

The only inks that have been produced so far are dessert themed, as in cookie dough and chocolate. However, the team is working on a wider range of options, including turkey. The food will be squeezed out of a syringe in a prearranged pattern. The scientists believe that this device will save people the hassle of cooking.

While some might find this concept disturbing, Chef Homaro Cantu believes this will enhance the cooking experience. In his opinion it will do for food what email did for communication. He is even looking forward to printable sushi.

This product, unlike many of the others projects designed by Cornell, will be commercially available when completed.

   For more info: BBC


Cathy_of_Alex said...

I think Swissy and I know what Vincenzo wants for his birthday!

belinda said...

Cathy, I think they call those "Waffle makers" and people sell 'em everywhere ;)

I think this food will go the way of NASA's tang and freeze dried icecream.
Though Capri sun drinks are still around and very popular. I'm guessing.. people in every nursing home across these United States still pee in bags (Thanks NASA) so maybe there's potential for this machine in some capacity but do we really need a machine to produce more junk food?