A lot of food printers have passed the radar recently; pancake printers, chocolate printers, candy printers and even an apple printer. However, there wasn’t anything such as an ice cream printer, but you can imagine that it couldn’t take long before for this kind of printer to see the light. Now three students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) come up with the scoop: a working ice cream printer.
Kyle Hounsell, Kristine Bunker, and David Donghyun Kim are the students who have been working on an ice cream printer and their printer extrudes melted ice, after which it immediately freezes the material in order to use a layer-to-layer technique to print the ice cream in the shape of a star on a cooled plate.
They have worked on this project during their spring semester at MIT and managed to print an actual star-shaped ice cream. They used a Solidoodle printer in order to control the plate and directly after the liquid came out of the printer they managed to freeze it. The whole process took about 15 minutes. Bunker writes the following about the project, so says Techcrunch:
“We were inspired to design this printer because we wanted to make something fun with this up and coming technology in a way that we could grab the attention of kids. We felt that it was just as important to come up with a new technology as it was to interest the younger generation in pursuing science and technology so we can continue pushing the limits of what is possible.”
The students told the press they ate a lot of ice cream during the project, and it basically became their “mighnight snack and breakfast”. Healthy days for the MIS students, is what the ironic would say. The team has no plans of bringing this printer to the actual market, but as they made the news with this thing it seems like buying the copyright certainly would be useful for the three.
Image credits: Kyle Hounsell, Kristine Bunker, and David Donghyun Kim/ MIT.