Nasa have just given a company $125,000 to produce a prototype food printer in 6 months.
But its the possible ingredients for the food inks which drew my attention,Anjan Contractor’s 3D food printer might evoke visions of the “replicator” popularized in Star Trek, from which Captain Picard was constantly interrupting himself to order tea. And indeed Contractor’s company, Systems & Materials Research Corporation, just got a six month, $125,000 grant from NASA to create a prototype of his universal food synthesizer.
But Contractor, a mechanical engineer with a background in 3D printing, envisions a much more mundane—and ultimately more important—use for the technology. He sees a day when every kitchen has a 3D printer, and the earth’s 12 billion people feed themselves customized, nutritionally-appropriate meals synthesized one layer at a time, from cartridges of powder and oils they buy at the corner grocery store.
In TNO’s vision of a future of 3D printed meals, “alternative ingredients” for food include:
- lupine seeds
- beet leafs
From astronauts to emerging markets
While Contractor and his team are initially focusing on applications for long-distance space travel, his eventual goal is to turn his system for 3D printing food into a design that can be licensed to someone who wants to turn it into a business.......................................
The audacious plan to end hunger with 3-D printed food – Quartz