3 Hungry MIT Students Create 3D Printed Ice Cream
It's the summer, it's hot and you're all out of ice cream. Normally this a scenario to strike fear into the heart of sweet tooths everywhere, but thanks to three savvy grad students at MIT, we may just have a saviour in the form of the world's first ever 3D printed ice cream maker.
In an interview with 3ders, the students explain how they did it:
"First, we needed to print into a cooled environment so that the ice cream would hold its shape once printed," the students explained. "We bought a small upright freezer which was large enough to both put the Solidoodle inside and allow for the full build volume we were aiming for."
Then, they had to build in a system to spray a solidifying shield gas. "To ensure that the extruded ice cream ended up with constant characteristics, the cryogen line was bent in a circle to go all the way around the extruder and spray the liquid nitrogen evenly around the printed ice cream." they added.
So the genius contraption is made from a regular Cuisinart ice cream maker, a Solidoodle 3D printer, housed inside a conventional freezer. And it was all for a good cause. "We were inspired to design this printer because we wanted to make something fun with this up and coming technology in a way that we could grab the attention of kids." they explained. "We felt that it was just as important to come up with a new technology as it was to interest the younger generation in pursuing science and technology so we can continue pushing the limits of what is possible."
Well done, Kyle Hounsell, Kristine Bunker, and David Donghyun Kim. We applaud you for your superior use of a fused deposition model printer, and we raise a cone in gratitude.
images via 3ders