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Bio-mechanical cheese sculpting

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With a nod to Worldgineer

The device is derived from an ordinary 3D printer, but with a mouse instead of the nozzles.

The mouse is harnessed to the print head and it eats the cheese as the machine does the sculpting.

Regular swapping out of the mouse, as he/she lies on their back all sated-out and the fresh mouse is harnessed.

The idea is scalable, from mouse -> capybara, so many sized objects can be made.

not_morrison_rm, Feb 01 2019

What do termites eat? https://www.orkin.c...at-do-termites-eat/
[not_morrison_rm, Feb 01 2019]

Sawdust as food Bring_20back_20sawdust_20sausages
Furthering the FDA discussion. [Worldgineer, Feb 01 2019]

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       The wonder is that this has not already been implemented. [+]
MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 01 2019
  

       This could also be implemented with beavers, and wood
hippo, Feb 01 2019
  

       ^ I did think of that, but beavers don't eat wood, so not much of incentive.
not_morrison_rm, Feb 01 2019
  

       This idea is odd, impractical, and clever. Big bun!
Voice, Feb 01 2019
  

       //Big bun!   

       Thanks, but it seems to have gnaw marks on it.
not_morrison_rm, Feb 01 2019
  

       A mechanism like a turret lathe, or a revolver cylinder, could be used to present fresh, hungry mice to the workpiece when the rate of nibbling slows.   

       We remain to be convinced of the practicality of the capybara solution until it is successfully demonstrated.   

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8th of 7, Feb 01 2019
  

       The system for supplying fresh mice should be engineered such that it is as self-sufficient as possible - the only inputs being food and water. So, imagine a long tube which produces at the 'printer' end fresh mice for insertion in the printer head. Further back down this tube mice can be inserted who have had a go at nibbling cheese and had some time to recover. Also in this tube will be mice breeding and giving birth to new mice - these baby mice as they grow up will advance slowly towards the printer head arriving there at roughly the same time as they reach peak nibbling capacity. Mouse droppings and dead mice in this tube are recovered and used as fertilizer in the adjacent mouse food production facility.
hippo, Feb 01 2019
  

       We still consider the capybara a Questionable Thing. We wonder if it might not be something the God of Biomechanics wouldn't let you into Heaven for ...
8th of 7, Feb 01 2019
  

       I think this could work.....[+] I have a termite version that has similar qualities. If you're curious, you can find it on the HB.
xenzag, Feb 01 2019
  

       ^Aha, the Termite Mounds idea " pre-cast model of a famous building ".   

       I spent 15 minutes coming up with differences, but that's just my monstrous ego. The short answer is termites don't eat cheese. Link.
not_morrison_rm, Feb 01 2019
  

       The Termites Who Can Generate Shakespeare.
xenzag, Feb 01 2019
  

       There is actually one species of termite that eats cheese, and which plagues the Parmesan industry (and no, I don't mean 'cheese mites', which are not termites at all). It has been eradicated several times over the last century or so, but then reappears as if by magic. This has led to speculation that it also lives in some other material, acting as a reservoir for re-population. It's a particular nightmare for cheese producers, because it can potentially ruin several years' worth of ageing cheese, and of course you can't really go after it with pesticides.
MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 01 2019
  

       "According to a report in Bloomberg Business, the Federal Drug Administration has cracked down on Castle Cheese, Inc. and its practice of adulterating its grated parmesan cheese with cellulose."   

       Ahh, Frankenfood
not_morrison_rm, Feb 01 2019
  

       [nmr] That was clearly a marketing failure. Will post link to such an idea as a diet fad.   

       Will there be a device to prevent mouse urine from entering said cheese sculpture? Perhaps as simple as little mouse diapers or as complex as NASA toilets? Though perhaps resulting cheese sculptures aren't really for human consumption anyway, being covered in mouse saliva.
Worldgineer, Feb 01 2019
  

       Pshaw...actually there's no extra charge for the mouse saliva & poop. How do you think green cheese gets it colour?
not_morrison_rm, Feb 01 2019
  

       For higher productivity, rodents somewhat larger than mice would be better. We suggest rats - then, as well as the machined cheese item, you could manufacture sophisticated hand tools as a sideline, by collecting all the droppings and forming them into Rat-shit Screwdrivers ...
8th of 7, Feb 01 2019
  
      
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