Google chows down on 3D-printed pasta

Google chows down on 3D-printed pasta

Summary: A chef who works at Google's HQ in Mountain View has said he likes to use a 3D printer to create pasta for the search company's hungry employees.

TOPICS: After Hours

Google's staff benefits are renowned in the IT industry, and along with the scooters, free time for personal projects, slides and game machines, the search giant's employees have been enjoying something else — 3D-printed pasta.

Bernard Faucher, an administrator and exhibition chef at Google's headquarters in Mountain View, California, says that along with the high-tech VitaMix blenders and water circulators he uses, he likes to play around with 3D printers so he can "really get creative" with the food he serves Google employees.

3D printers make it possible to 'print' 3D objects by successively layering drops of liquid, which harden. The technology is versatile and potential 'inks' can range from plastics to sugars and, in this case, pasta. 

In an interview posted by Dance New England, where Faucher also works, the chef notes that he uses a 3D printer at Google to print pasta so "my food has a very distinct and customisable shape." Watch from 2:30 minutes into the video below to hear more.

At the time of writing, Google had not responded to a ZDNet request for more information on the technology. Or on its menu.

Topic: After Hours

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  • tasty!

    Although a pasta maker might be easier?!
    • Ah, but those only make traditional pastas

      Now he can print off esoteric pasta...or I don't know, Google logos.
  • My order

    Early Grey Hot. We getting closer to Star Trek Tech every day.
    PS. the video is private please check you work.
    • Video delated

      "This video has been removed by the user". Will try and find out why...
      Jack Clark
  • might have been good?

    It would have been interesting but video was removed. My experience with 3D printers is they are made to make a prototype and are not a high speed production machine. If they are making macaroni with a 3D printer then some time in 2014 they might have a meal.