So I was listening to Rooster Teeth’s podcast yesterday (because my addiction to Rooster Teeth is so bad that I literally sit around listening to a group of people I’ve never met talk about what they’re going to eat for lunch), and I heard one of them mention that Cornell is developing a 3-D printer that prints food.

 

Yes, you read correctly: a food printer. It takes a homogeneous mixture (like soft chocolate) and spits it out of a moving funnel, creating (supposedly) edible foods like cookies, cakes, or even a ‘designer dome’ made from liquefied turkey meat. I have no idea what a designer dome is, but it’s made from turkey meet, which sounds pretty disgusting if you picture it coming out like frosting from a funnel.

 

People are saying “Oh! the possibilities are endless! We could print out any kind of food we want!” which I doubt is very accurate. Some things, when liquefied, just don’t go back to their normal state. But hey, what do I know? How could they possibly have any trouble printing, say, an ear of corn? With desserts, sure, maybe the possibilities really are endless, but fruits and vegetables might be a different story.

 

But what I want to know about this whole food printing thing is, when is the food fax machine coming out? The 3-D food printer uses blueprints of the food to create it, so why not send another printer the blueprints of what you want made? It would be awesome! “Oh crap, I forgot to make dinner. That’s okay! I’ll just email my 3-D food printer, and it’ll make dinner for me!”

 

Or how about all those times when you’re texting someone “im makking c00kiez!!!1″ (because we all text like that), and they go “i want sum!” even though they’re in the next state over, and you’re like “..how do I respond to that? ‘No you can’t have some’? Well now I’m a jerk.” With the 3-D food fax machine, you could say, “Sure! One liquefied cookie coming right up!” and waste all their food ink. Just be sure they don’t have it loaded with turkey meat, because that’s just gross.

 

Anyway, if you want to find out more about the food printer, here’s an article with some videos and words and stuff: http://www.switched.com/2011/01/24/3-d-printed-food-is-here/