Cornucopia Food Printer Concept Will Make Chefs Obsolete

Posted on 30 July 2013 by author

New printers are going berserk nowadays as plain paper printing is becoming a thing of the past with users now relying on projections, tablets, or e-readers to read what needs to be read. The concept of 3D printing allows a realistic printing of an 3D objects and prototypes have been developed that already prints plastic guns or anything made of chocolate. This time, another printer introduces a user to the culinary world.

The Cornucopia is a food printer and it works in the same way chefs work – to prepare a dish for cooking out of the many ingredients provided. The printer stores the ingredients, mixes them at the time of preparation, cooks the mixture and even serves the food on a tray. Although an evolving concept from two graduate students, it could replace the chefs in the future.  The food ingredients serve as the printer’s “ink” which are stored at cold temperature and pushed to a chamber for mixing depending on the menu.

The layers and mixture of ingredients can be heated or cooked in the same chamber relieving a user of such tedious task. The printer itself can even order a new supply of ingredients to replenish its stocks once they run out. The good thing is calorie and fat contents can be computed along with other healthy tips through its internet connectivity and user interaction via a touch-screen interface.  We’ll hear more of this as the concept begins to arouse interest of big investors.

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  1. Jocasta (Reply) Posted on August 2nd, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    Yeah, but it doesn’t exist

  2. Christ (Reply) Posted on August 5th, 2013 at 2:30 am

    One major problem I can see would be the shelf-life of the ingredients. A lot of fresh foods will only last about a week or less. If you look closely at the concept art, you can see canisters. I’m assuming the ingredients are contained there. I can’t imagine anything being able to be store very long… perhaps up to a month at best. That means you are constantly having to replace everything… and you’d pay a huge premium from your sole provider.

    After giving this some thought… I can actually see a product like this in the future, though… sort of like becoming something similar to Star Trek’s “Food Replicator”. A person could walk up to the machine and ask for what they want and it’s prepared automatically for them.


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