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August 25, 2014 AT 4:00 am

Watch these mass manufactured cakes get iced by robots #Manufacturing Monday

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We’re suddenly very hungry! Via Core77.

We think of factories producing iPhones, IKEA flatpacks and Infinitis, and as ID’ers we have an idea of what those production lines look like. But chances are you’ve never been inside a factory that makes cakes and desserts. Unifiller Systems, Inc. is a company that creates cake-decorating machines and food processing equipment, and their “sizzle reel” is pretty fascinating:

Once you’ve seen those machines above in action, it makes sense that circular cakes would be filled and iced on a turntable. But how do they get the filling into rectangular cakes, which don’t have rotational symmetry? Surprisingly, for sheet cakes they use a “split and fill” technology that slices the cake horizontally while simultaneously injecting the filling (see it in action around 0:28):

In that vid you probably caught a glimpse of that tablet the guy was scrawling on, with the robot arm copying his lines onto a cake. That machine’s called the Unibot, and it’s how they achieve that handwritten look with icing:

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