Welcome to the future- where we can print our food: Typically, 3-D printers are discussed in light of the efficiencies they bring to industrial design and fabrication. They will soon help chefs create foods that can’t be made by hand if Cornell Creative Machines Lab, or their peers in the industry, can make them accessible.

The newest 3-D food printer, now being honed at the CCML, can produce: tiny space shuttle-shaped scallop nuggets; and cakes or cookies that, when you slice into them, reveal a special message buried within, like a wedding date, initials (image above) or a corporate logo. They can also make a solid hamburger patty, with liquid layers of ketchup and mustard, or a hamburger substitute that’s made from vegan or raw foods.

Read more about the technology behind food printing here.