3D printed food-sculptures

Cornell University and the French Culinary Institute are collaborating to modify 3D printers to output delicious, detailed, edible objects. They puree materials such as "chocolate, cheese and hummus to scallops, turkey, and celery" and feed them to at Fab@Home open-source 3D printer. Shown here is a tiny Space Shuttle made of ground scallops and cheese.
"It lets you do complex geometries with food that you could never do by hand," said Jeffrey Lipton, a researcher and graduate student at the lab..."

"...I can imagine creating really interesting textures using meat with the same technique," [Dave Arnold, director of culinary technology at the French Culinary Institute in Manhattan] told Spark. "Imagine [a food] almost like a meatloaf that absorbs sauce like a sponge. That is cool -- much cooler to me than printing some ersatz steak."

3D printers create edible objects

Printing Food (Cornell University)

(Image: Cornell University/French Culinary Institute)


  1. If this takes off, those Food Network challenges are going to get a lot more interesting.

    I’m a little iffy on the meat ones, though.

  2. I guess it’s one way to get the kiddies to eat their food.

    What’s next? Vitamins shaped like the Flintstones?

  3. Stuff humanity has accomplished:
    [ ] Cure cancer
    [ ] Peace on earth
    [X] 3D Cheese Printer

    Now let’s get them bacon printers up and running; the other things can wait!

  4. I bet Heston Blumethal will have one in his kitchen the moment he hears about this – it is right up his street, judging what he gets up to with his creative cookery on UK tv.

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