Cornell University’s Fab@Home project will present two topics during the 3D Printing Conference

about Endlessforms.com and about Whats Cooking for Dinner??

Jeffrey Lipton will give the two presentations in two sessions. He is lead investigator at the USA Cornell University’s Fab@Home project.

Endless Forms
He will talke about Endless Forms on behalf of Jason Yosinski and Jeff Clune.
Imagine a CAD program that doesn’t require you to know geometry or to learn special tools. Endlessforms.com harnesses the power of evolution to allow users to create new an innovative shapes without training or skill.

The objects on EndlessForms.com are evolved in the same way that plants and animals are bred. You pick the ones you like and they become the parents of the next generation of objects. As in biological evolution, the offspring look similar, but not identical, to their parents, allowing you to explore different designs. Under the hood, there is a genome for each object. To create offspring the parent genomes are randomly mutated. If two parents are selected, some of the offspring result from “crossing over” (combining portions of) the genomes of the parents, as happens in biological sexual reproduction.

The end result is a process that automatically designs objects for non-technical users, which could accelerate the adoption of 3D printing technologies by enabling everyone to create their own printable designs.

Whats Cooking for Dinner??
Few things are as natively intertwined with humanity as food, which is essential to biological and social life. Not only does food support life and underpin social relations, but it also accounts for a substantial part of our economy. This area of our lives is about to be transformed by the work of Jeffrey Lipton and the Fab@Home Projects work on Digital Cooking. The machine layers the material until the item is fully printed.

Working with the French Culinary Institute, the team at Cornell printed a new form of corn chip that was perfect for frying. They also made a scallop space shuttle (also deep fried, and reportedly delicious). The first application is not likely to be in meat, however, but baked goods. One of the first items they printed was dough from an old Austrian Christmas cookie recipe which had a “C” for Cornell printed in the middle. Internal Cake decoration has the power to transform the cakes and baking industry forever.

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