Having a balanced diet for working singles or even couples is as easy as climbing the Mount Everest, for cooking becomes almost an impossible task after a stressed day at work. Providing a solution two grad students from MIT’s Fluid Interfaces Group, Marcelo Coelho and Amit Zoran, has popped up a personal food factory named “Cornucopia” that literally lets you print your own food. Bringing the precision and versatility of the digital to your kitchen, the 3D food printer “works by storing, precisely mixing, depositing and cooking layers of ingredients.” Just go through designers’ own words (after jump) to learn the working of the consumer-friendly machine.
Cornucopia’s cooking process starts with an array of food canisters, which refrigerate and store a user’s favorite ingredients. These are piped into a mixer and extruder head that can accurately deposit elaborate combinations of food. While the deposition takes place, the food is heated or cooled by Cornucopia’s chamber or the heating and cooling tubes located on the printing head. This fabrication process not only allows for the creation of flavors and textures that would be completely unimaginable through other cooking techniques, but it also allows the user to have ultimate control over the origin, quality, nutritional value and taste of every meal.