Push Button, Receive Bacon – Laser Printer Used To Print Cooked Bacon

03-12-2014 by

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Playing off the famous internet meme that pokes fun at the illustrated instructions on automatic hand dryers in bathrooms, the team at The Rabbit Hole took apart a standard laser printer in order to print cooked bacon.

As part of their challenge for The Deconstruction, a 48 hour hackathon competition, the team used the fuser unit assembly and drive train from a broken laser printer to create the bacon printer.

A laser printer fuser unit is a hollow tube that heats up and usually melts the printer toner powder onto paper. Heat, in this case, was provided by a radiant heat lamp inside the fuser tube.

Pushing a button starts the rollers and the heating process and slices of bacon are fed by hand into the roller assembly. The fuser heats up to about 450F (about 232C) and the bacon slice moves through and is cooked to perfection.

You can see the bacon printer in action below. The bacon cooking action occurs at around 2:25:

The team also created a pocket sized infinity mirror using an old mint tin and a skull-shaped computer fan array.

Sources: CNET, Hackaday, The Deconstruction

Nic Venter

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