3D Printed Pop-Tarts: Bringing families together through the delight of personalized Pop-Tart designs
Students will deliver a complete working system to personalize the face of a Pop-Tart by creating an Android Mobile App user interface integrated to modified 3D food printer, and developing an optimal “frosting” material for the system.
This project will challenge students to work together in a truly multidisciplinary manner to deliver the best product possible for the user. The user “drawing” options will need to be balanced with the capability of the print/frosting systems to deliver a physical rendering of the design on the screen. Mechanical design and “frosting” formulation design choices will have significant impact on each other.
A number of commercial 3D food printers have become available over the past 5 years. Our team has evaluated a range of those available; No working “off the shelf” option exists that meets our requirements. The students will start from existing commercial products (printers, extrusion cartridges, etc.) and create their working system through modification combined with design, fabrication, and integration of unique parts. The capability of the system to print an interesting (tasty) design will depend as much on the “frosting” as the capability of the printer. The printer/frosting subteams will have additional support from various R&D based Engineers and Food Scientists.
More Information: 2017-Kellogg-Poptart
Students who successfully match to this project team will be required to sign the following two documents in January 2017: