'Tastebugs' is a unique 3D-printed kitchen tool that aims to add a sense of play to eating insects. The 3D printing project aims to get future generations familiar with the idea of eating bugs, as they offer a sustainable source of protein that could impact the lives of billions. The project is an entry for the 3D Hubs Student Grant submitted by Northumbria student Jay Cockrell.
The stackable five-piece system takes the form of a toy that makes it possible for kids to have an active hand in the process of processing bugs for eating. The set includes a funnel, a dicing tool, a mill to process the edible insects into a fine powder, as well as an infuser for making insect stock. The last piece in the set is a compactor, which makes it possible for familiar bar-shaped snacks to be assembled with ease.