Digital Cooking
a software approach to meal prep

Ongoing research at Creative Machines Lab

Imagine a machine that has the ability to create stunning food geometries that are customized to your human genome and personal biometrics. This personal chef will know your allergies, your favorite flavor profiles, your vitamin deficiencies, and your eating schedule. It will have the ability to create stunning new food geometries and it will all be in the convenience of your own home. This chef may look something like this:

Additive manufacturing describes the process by which three-dimensional (3D) objects are created by adding layer-upon-layer of material. 3D food printing (3DFP) is an application of additive manufacturing that combines the convenience and culinary excellence of a professional chef at the press of a button. This data-driven health approach allows for the creation of custom meals that are particular for each person’s biometric needs.

Selected Media

Lasers provide high-resolution heating and tunable cooking, which is especially favorable for food layered manufacture (FLM) applications. CNN filmed a short tech piece on the research we are conducting on laser-cooking (above).

As part of a presentation on the frontiers of robotics hosted by Columbia Technology Ventures, I spoke on the development of our laser-cooking technology and the motivations behind our research (above).

PBS filmed a news segment on the development of our 3D food printing and laser-cooking technology and the greater implications that our research will have on the food industry.

Publications
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journal cover Jonathan David Blutinger, Yoran Meijers, Hod Lipson, "Selective laser broiling of Atlantic salmon", Food Research International, Vol. 120, June 2019, Pages 196-208.
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journal cover Jonathan David Blutinger, Yoran Meijers, Peter Yichen Chen, Changxi Zheng, Eitan Grinspun, Hod Lipson, "Characterization of CO2 laser browning of dough", Innovative Food Science & Emerging Technologies, Vol. 52, March 2019, Pages 145-157.
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journal cover Evan Hertfaled, Connie Zhang, Zeyuan Jin, Abigail Jakub, Katherine Russell, Yadir Lakehal, Kristina Andreyeva, Sneha Nagaraj Bangalore, Jerson Mezquita, Jonathan David Blutinger, Hod Lipson, "Multi-material Three-Dimensional Food Printing with Simultaneous Infrared Cooking", 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing, Vol. 6, No. 1, February 2019.
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journal cover Peter Yichen Chen, Jonathan David Blutinger, Yoran Meijers, Changxi Zheng, Eitan Grinspun, Hod Lipson, "Visual modeling of laser-induced dough browning", Journal of Food Engineering, Vol. 243, February 2019, Pages 9-21.
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journal cover Jonathan David Blutinger, Yoran Meijers, Peter Yichen Chen, Changxi Zheng, Eitan Grinspun, Hod Lipson, "Characterization of dough baked via blue laser", Journal of Food Engineering, Vol. 232, September 2018, Pages 56-64.
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Patent

Jonathan D. Blutinger, Yoran Meijers, Hod Lipson, Columbia Tech Ventures, assignee. "Tandem laser system for highly tunable cooking and browning of food", United States provisional patent pending under application #62/573,765, filed October 18, 2017.