NASA Funds 3D Food Printer Research
Astronauts may soon be munching on printed pizza
Even though we’re bastions of technology (or so we’d like to believe), some things just leave us completely stumped, and the news that NASA is backing the 3D printing of food is one of them.
According to news site Quartz, the scheme is the work of one Anjan Contractor, part of Systems and Materials research in Texas, and has received a $125,000 grant from the space enthusiasts. In its basic (yet still confusing) form, he’s aiming to print the makings of a pizza before putting it all together.
“Last for 30 years”
Having already printed out chocolate onto a computer, Contractor believes the project could eventually be used to feed astronauts, hence the involvement of NASA.
“The way we are working on it is, all the carbs, proteins and macro and micro nutrients are in powder form. We take moisture out, and in that form it will last maybe 30 years.” He explained to the publication.
Sounds tasty, no? Well maybe not, but it could be the first in a development that will see the 3D printing craze spin off onto another juncture. Who knows, instead of a takeaway soon you may only need a printer, some ingredients and thousands of pounds to maintain it.
But as they say, one small step for man, one giant leap for dehydrated pizza.