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On-Demand Dish Maker
  Posted by: AceBHound on Nov 4th, 2005 10:54 PM
An MIT student is working on a machine to create dishes on the fly and recycle them after they are used. Intended for home use, the size of the machine would be no bigger than today's standard dish washers. So if you hate cleaning up dishes after dinner, there may still be hope :)

When Barbara Wheaton, culinary historian and honorary curator at Radcliffe's Schlesinger Library, told Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers that she longed for durable dishes that didn't need to be washed and could be thrown away after a meal, she was surprised when they took her seriously.

MIT Media Lab's Counter Intelligence Group, which develops innovative kitchen designs, has created a machine that makes dishes on demand and recycles them after diners have finished a meal. The dishes are made from food-grade, nontoxic acrylic wafers, which are shaped into cups, bowls and plates when heated, then resume their original wafer shape when they are reheated and pressed.

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