Inspired by the way furniture is packed flat to save space, Morphing Matter Lab created flat-pack pasta that can be packaged in a way that saves space and expanded when cooked. The flat-pack pasta relies on a "groove-based shape morphing technique" and it can be used to form a variety of different shapes using traditional pasta ingredients like semolina flour and water.
With these shapely pasta designs that transform when cooked, Morphing Matter Lab is exploring a more sustainable future for food that helps to reduce packing space during transportation and storage. As Morphing Matter Lab describes, "For 3D-shaped pasta like macaroni, more than 60% of the packaging space is used to pack air. By making flatpack pasta, we can save a large portion of the packaging space for food."