We have to admit that there are times we want to play around with our food. But before people get the wrong idea, let’s hear the fun ideas created by Cornell Creative Machines Lab.
Time and again, we’ve always been told not to play with our food, but with Creative Machine’s 3D printer that uses edible ink, it would be very hard not to succumb to the idea. The 3D printer not only prints anything in three-dimensional models, it also uses edible ink made from the choicest ingredients.
The fun food design ideas all start using electronic blueprints from FabApps. The 3D printer then prints the food layer by layer with edible ink which can be made from just about any food ingredient that will fit the syringe, such as melted cheese or cookie dough.
“The electronic blueprint specifies exactly which materials go where — it is essentially a blueprint of the food item,” says Hod Lipson who heads the Cornell Creative Machines Lab.
If you should wish for food in larger sizes, then all one has to do is to mix all ingredients with a liquid to make the ink, and printing is set. In fact, Lipson and his colleagues were able to print a burger patty complete with layers of ketchup and mustard using the said principle.
The 3-D food printer is marketed by the New York company Essential Dynamics which sells the machine for $1,000.
The invention might bring chefs and other food professionals up in arms, but Lipson says they are only providing people with a choice that will make them enjoy their food more.
“People like to play with food. They like to express themselves in food. This allows them to express themselves in not just what the food is made of, but what it’s shaped like. We can make health food more fun, interesting, and appealing with this technology,” Lipson added.
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