Shape-shifting noodles when dunked in water, engineered by MIT researchers ( VIDEO)

Shape-shifting noodles

Shape-shifting noodles when dunked in water, engineered by MIT researchers

“Don’t play with your food” is a saying that MIT researchers are taking with a grain or two of salt. The team is finding ways to make the dining experience interactive and fun, with food that can transform its shape when water is added.

The researchers, from MIT’s Tangible Media Group, have concocted something akin to edible origami, in the form of flat sheets of gelatin and starch that, when submerged in water, instantly sprout into three-dimensional structures, including common pasta shapes such as macaroni and rotini.

The edible films can also be engineered to fold into the shape of a flower as well as other unconventional configurations. Playing with the films’ culinary potential, the researchers created flat discs that wrap around beads of caviar, similar to cannoli, as well as spaghetti that spontaneously divides into smaller noodles when dunked in hot broth. Continue reading “Shape-shifting noodles when dunked in water, engineered by MIT researchers ( VIDEO)”

“Message in a Cake – a 3D-printer that prints cakes with pictures inside” – Presented by Daniel Wilkens, Wilkens Design

In my bachelor thesis I dealt with the topic of 3D-printed food. Therefore I designed a low budget dual paste extruder with which I am able to print food composed of two different colors or ingredients. The probably most interesting paste to print is dough. “Message in a Cake” turns normal marble cake into a communication medium. I am able to print individual images on every piece of a small marble cake. Cutting the cake piece by piece it reveals its enclosed mystery. Be it a comic-strips, a love-message, or the names of the invited guests the cake becomes a storyteller.

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“Taking the Next Step: Printing Food Textures” – Presented by Kjeld van Bommel, TNO (Video)

Initial food printing activities focused mainly on the creation of attractive shapes. In order to expand the possibilities of 3D food printing, all aspects of food must be addressed by the printing process. Of these, texture may well be the most challenging.

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