These flat-packed pasta designs were created by MIT's Tangible Media Group, in response to the fact that that even if packed perfectly, dried macaroni packaging is still 67% air by volume. Determined to save both space and money, researchers developed pasta that packs flatly, and morphs into traditional shapes only after immersed in water.
A 3D printer was used to press layers of gelatin, starch, and cellulose into flat sheets. The various layers allow the pasta to expand to different sizes, causing it to curve around the less dense areas, forming shapes that traditional pasta pieces are made in.
This technology would result in the food industry saving money due to lower packaging costs, and consumers being able to receive more food in the same amount of space.
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