Here at PopSci we often write about emerging technologies like 3-D printing, perhaps almost as often as we write about space launches and rocket ships. And every now and then the use of high-tech gadgetry in the kitchen gives us reason to write about things like scallops and cheese. But until Cornell University teamed up with Dave Arnold and New York's French Culinary Institute to create miniature scallop-and-cheese space shuttles using a specially equipped 3-D printer, we never thought we'd ever write about all three at the same time.
Cornell's computational synthesis lab has created software tools that allow engineers to create edible objects using complex geometries that even a skilled chef would have a great deal of trouble creating by hand. A souped up 3-D printer allows creative culinary types to create pureed pastes of their ingredients that can then be layered onto one another via special extruding heads, much as conventional rapid prototyping machines print thin layers of plastics, metals, or glass.
So far the team has printed with all kinds of ingredients: cheese, chocolate, hummus, turkey, celery, scallops, etc. Which begs the question: if you could print anything out of, say, any two ingredients, what would you print? Feel free to get creative in the comments below.
Oh god. I would print out a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
If I had one of these babies, I'd never have to cook.
Creative recipe of two ingredient: Beer + Meat
Steak and eggs and eggs and steak...
That's what you should have for breakfast.
Steak and eggs and eggs and steak...
Just making sure you heard.
(I got it!)
I'd have to print out some bourbon chicken. Dang! That stuff is soo good!
looks like a cheato to me
Two ingredients? Bacon and Cheese. Duh!
I can guarantee soon in the future we will grow meat and proteins in labs and factories. Instead of just slicing off a weird looking CUBE of flesh, they can now 3D print the stuff to more closely resemble the real stuff. that's a relief.
Print me out bacon. nothing else. just bacon.
Pineapple sauce and spaghetti!
I would print a laptop out of white chocolate and eat it.
You can have your computer and eat it too :D.
I would definitely print some pizza ( to save a phone call).
It seems to me that you just take a Makerbot and use some kind of edible paste instead of ABS plastic for the extrusion material, and you're there.
Spam, Spam, Spam, Baked Beans and Spam. And I'd make a python.
kind of like a replicator from star terk.
Bacon in the shape of vegetables for us meat eaters
vegetables in the shapes of meat for those veggieheads out there.
A printable chocolate cake.. that would be awesome, Move over Ace of Cakes, Cake-bot coming through!
This tech has so many applications it's not even funny! Themed meals for hotels, parks etc. I wonder if the items need to be fried (as it appears the shuttle in the photo was fried) to retain the shape, anyone that knows anything about cooking knows soft items (paste/batter based) like to flatten when heated slowly in the oven.
@simski thanks, now I have the spam song stuck in my head...
A replicator from Stargate!
Better than Star Trek's Replicators!
looks like the leading edge of those cheesy wings got a little HOT on re-entry...
Simksi beat me but I give you a variation
Hello kitty shapped eggs and spam
Do not overlook the CandyFab 6000!
It's very cool but how long does it take to produce one on a 3-D printer? The look like haute coture cuisine at the rate a 3D printer makes them.
I'll stick with cheerios for a while.
That's so cool!! Can't wait to see it on the market.
Spicy white chocolate for an Amy Lee Doll, then strawberries and cream for a Katy Perry Doll. To go. I eat lite.
Can it print me a double bourbon and coke in a short glass?
Steak. Definitely Steak.
Bacon Perogies in the shape of the XMen so I can don my Apocalypse costume and destroy them once and for all! Muahahaha!
Print 2 day old coyote!
I would print bread. or i would print sugar cubes, or i would print pasta, or i would print snacks that have the ideal carb protein fat rations as seen in zone type low glycemic diets. i would print survival foods for countries like haiti who are recovering from disasters.
i would print a sandwich that contained bread then lettuce, bacon, mayo, tomato slices,an egg, and then the bottom bread sound awesome right :)
This is the earlier version of the 'REPLICATOR' :)