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MIT’s Digital Food Printer Creates Nutritious Meals

Posted By Diane Pham On January 20, 2010 @ 5:10 pm In Green Appliances,green gadgets,Green Kitchen,Green Products | 8 Comments

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Here’s an interesting thought: What if eating greener [1] and more sustainably [2] meant printing your meals? Marcelo Coelho and Amit Zoran, a couple ingenious minds at MIT [3], have come up with a way to do just that. Hailed as ‘The Cornucopia’, this 3-D printer concept is a personal food factory that fuses the digital world with the realm of cooking by storing, precisely mixing, depositing, and cooking layers of ingredients with no waste.

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Cornucopias’ printing process begins with an array of food canisters filled with the “cook’s” foods of choice. After a meal selection has been made using the device’s multi-touch translucent screen, users are able to see their meal being assembled while simultaneously manipulating real-time parameters, such as calories or carbohydrate content. Each ingredient is then piped into a mixer and then very precisely extruded, allowing for very exact and elaborate combinations of food.

Once each ingredient has been dropped, the food is then heated or cooled by Cornucopia [4]’s chamber or via the heating and cooling tubes located on the printing head. In fact, the ability to hyper-localize heating and create rapid temperature changes also allows for the creation of meals with flavors and textures that would be impossible to replicate with present-day cooking methods.

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While we can’t vouch for the final taste, the printer does benefit from a compact shape and provides the user with ultimate control over the origin, quality, and nutritional value of every meal [5], with no packaging or excess food waste — a prospect which could appeal to locations or organizations struggling with ways to provide adequate and well-balanced meals to their populace.

+ MIT [4]

Via Treehugger [6]


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URLs in this post:

[1] eating greener: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/10/13/smarter-cities-vertical-farming-could-ease-worlds-agricultural-woes/

[2] more sustainably: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/01/19/portland-to-get-250ft-vertical-garden-with-vegetated-fins/

[3] MIT: http://media.mit.edu/

[4] Cornucopia: http://fluid.media.mit.edu/projects.php?action=details&id=79

[5] origin, quality, and nutritional value of every meal: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/10/28/philips-design-food-probe/

[6] Treehugger: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/01/mits-food-printer.php

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