NASA Funds A Project For 3D Food Printer
Posted: May 25, 2013 by Maja Johnson
The 3D printing possibilities sound like they're endless. 3D printing or "additive manufacturing" is widely spreading as many industries use it to produce prototypes of their products. The printer is given a schematic of a designed digital model which then prints using a plastic material. The 3D object is created one layer at a time.
Even though people have immediately started using the 3D printing technology for printing guns and other weaponry, NASA believes that the 3D printing technology can be put to good use. As part of the NASA investment, a mechanical engineer from Austin was granted $125,000 to start researching the idea of using the 3D printers to print out food.
The Austin engineer has already designed the 3D printer and plans to start building are underway. NASA is looking at this project as a way to resolve the food issue for long term space missions. Some missions, like traveling to Mars, require a big stash of food with a shelf life of 15 years and more.
The 3D printer will contain powder cartridges that create different types of food. To start, the food cartridges are going create simple foods like chocolate and eventually create a pizza.
The 3D food printer may resolve NASA's problems about astronaut's food, but others believe it would solve world's problems regarding hunger and food shortage. s