This route satisfies the design goal of printing in ice cream — check out the frankenstein solution they discovered to help them do it.
3 Students (Kyle Hounsell, Kristine Bunker, and David Donghyun Kim) at MIT, as part of a project for Professor John Hart’s graduate class on additive manufacturing, in fact did come up with this tasty idea. Hart’s class focuses on the fundamentals of additive processing of polymers, metals, and ceramics, as well as machine designs and control strategies, 3D geometry representations and metrology, material properties and digital assembly. Students broke off into groups to create new 3D printing technology. Kyle, Kristine, and David decided to try and create a machine that could 3D print soft serve ice cream.
The idea behind this project came from the fact that the students believed there was a need for a “novel material” that could be printed using today’s 3D printing technology. They wanted to create a 3D printer that could print using soft serve ice cream, so they would be able to create edible treats in the shapes that they desired. Because of the fact that 3D printing will definitely be utilized by future generations in many different ways, the group wished to create a machine that would be able to introduce today’s younger generations to this incredible technology.
“The main reason we feel an Ice Cream 3D printer is an important addition to current additive manufacturing technology is that it interests children,” explained the students. “By combining this new technology of additive manufacturing with ice cream, we have found a way to interest children in technology and pursuing science and engineering in the future.”
In order to create their 3D ice cream printer, the students used and modified a Solidoodle 3D printer as well as a Cuisinart Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker. It also featured a cryogenic section used in order to make sure that the temperature on the ice cream is frozen evenly, once extruded….
Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!
Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!
The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! We also offer the LulzBot TAZ – Open source 3D Printer and the Printrbot Simple Metal 3D Printer in our store. If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!