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The ever-vigilant @UlrikeSchmid shared a tantalizing morsel of piping-hot culinary news from the website of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.  You know how I love to re-heat stuff:

Spaghetti from the 3-D Printer

01/09/2014 … Will pasta soon come from the printer?  The Italian pasta-manufacturer Barilla is working on it.  Customers would be able to bring a USB stick with their own requests to a restaurant–and eat there.

The Italian food manufacturer Barilla is teaming up with a Dutch institute to develop 3-D printers for pasta.  The devices will be sold to restaurants, and will produce various types of noodles at the press of a button.  Barilla confirmed it for FAZ.NET.

Kjeld van Bommel, who leads the project for the TNO Research Institute of Eindhoven, told the Dutch paper “Trouw” a few days ago that the goal of the collaboration, underway for two years already, would be to furnish restaurants with packets of dough that they could then turn into custom-made pasta for their guests.

“For example:  When someone’s having a silver wedding anniversary, and he goes out to eat with his wife, and then surprises her with pasta in the shape of a rose.”  Customers could also bring their own designs on a USB stick.  “Basically, any shape is possible.”

Now the speed has to be adjusted, said van Bommel.  Barilla wants to print 15 to 20 noodles in 20 minutes.  “We’re going to do that,” he said.  “We can now print ten times as quickly as we did at the beginning of our experiments.”

Barilla’s activity in this area can also be attributed to the fact that it is one of the few Italian producers with a large research program.