Columbia University scientists are a step closer to Star Trek’s instant food replicators with their combination 3D-printed and laser-cooked chicken.
Engineers from Columbia University have worked out a way to simultaneously 3D print and cook puréed chicken to bring the techno-magic of Star Trek‘s food replicators one step closer to reality.
In a report from Wired, a team from the Creative Machines Lab at Columbia is credited with taking an earlier idea of theirs — 3D printing edible objects with mediums like cheese and peanut butter — and applying lasers as a cooking element for more nutritious and flavorful foods. Jonathan Blutinger, who co-authored the scientific paper outlining the experimentation, explained the motivation behind expanding on the idea. “Cooking is essential for nutrition, flavor and texture development in many foods, and we wondered if we could develop a method with lasers to precisely control these attributes.”