Digital Cooking
software-based cooking

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.

Here (above) is another concept rendering of a portable, durable, lightweight 3D printer / laser cooker. The components are detachable for modular tear-down and re-assembly.

This rendering is closer to what the printer may look like in the nearer future. It can house up to 18 different ingredients, with 2 cooking lasers, and a heated bed to keep foods warm.

This video illustrates our printing and cooking processes for various foods.


Publications
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journal cover J. D. Blutinger, Y. Meijers, H. Lipson, "Selective laser broiling of Atlantic salmon", Food Research International, Vol. 120, June 2019, Pages 196-208.
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journal cover J. D. Blutinger, Y. Meijers, P. Y. Chen, C. Zheng, E. Grinspun, H. 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 E. Hertfaled, C. Zhang, Z. Jin, A. Jakub, K. Russell, Y. Lakehal, K. Andreyeva, S. N. Bangalore, J. Mezquita, J. D. Blutinger, H. 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, J. D. Blutinger, Y. Meijers, C. Zheng, E. Grinspun, H. 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 J. D. Blutinger, Y. Meijers, P. Y. Chen, C. Zheng, E. Grinspun, H. Lipson, "Characterization of dough baked via blue laser", Journal of Food Engineering, Vol. 232, September 2018, Pages 56-64.
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Patents

J. D. Blutinger, Y. Meijers, H. Lipson, Columbia Tech Ventures, assignee. "Method and systems for laser-based cooking", U.S. Patent Application 16/163,727, filed October 18, 2018.

J. D. Blutinger, G. Seymour, H. Lipson, Columbia Tech Ventures, assignee. "System and method for closed-loop cooking", U.S. Patent Application 62/866,220, filed June 29, 2019.

Podcasts

The rise of 3D printed cheesecake (Climate&Capital, 2020)

Print your next meal (Think: Digital Futures, 2019)

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