A hackerspace in Minnesota has come up with the idea of the century, and of course it involves bacon.
You might be familiar with the old meme "Push button, receive bacon." No? Well, here's the rundown: The graphic instructions on some hand dryers make the device look like some kind of magical bacon dispenser, so the crew at The Rabbit Hole decided to take that idea and make it a reality.
Okay, so the bacon printer they developed is actually pretty far from reality for consumers, but the concept is impressively mouth-watering.
So how does it work? Well, instead of 3D-printing strips of bacon, these hackers disassembled a basic inkjet printer and reconfigured the fuser to work as a heating element—one hot enough to cook bacon. The strips of meat are manually fed through the fuser, and as they’re processed they’re exposed to super-high temperatures of 400–450°F.
That’s not quite hot enough to cook bacon on a single pass, so you have to cycle the bacon through a few times to properly cook it to taste. But as a proof-of-concept? It's looking pretty tasty.
The team entered the bacon printer into this year's The Deconstruction "un-competition," where it was a big hit. The rest of us will just have to wait and see if humanity is ready for a bacon printer.
(Skip to about 2:25 in the video below to see the "printer" in action.)