The new shape of pasta

Those glorious swirls and curls of pasta shapes may have found new, more packaging-friendly forms.

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Tangible Media Group have taken on a project “to make the dining experience interactive and fun.”

The team experimented with 3-D printed, flat sheets of gelatin and starch. The sheets transform into various pasta shapes such as rotini or cannoli when immersed in hot water.

The shape-shifting creations not only make for a spontaneous dining experience, but they also reduce shipping costs in food packaging. Flat films that stack easily take up less space and are lighter for shipping than curly or long pasta shapes.

Ingenious – but is it as appetizing or tasty? Get the full story here.

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