NASA announced earlier this week that they are paying $125,000 to study the use of 3-D printing technology to create food in space.
We already know that, apparently, guns can be 3-D printed and fired. But printing edible—let alone palatable—food? This I've got to see.
The idea behind the project is to use generic mixes of starch, protein and fat as “food-type elements” (gross), and then add flavorings with an inkjet device. Sure, it sounds far-fetched, but if NASA can nail this, missions to Mars and beyond will be all but solved.
Check out the video to see an initial experiment, in which the researcher produced a chocolate-covered cookie using a 3-D printer. Next up? A 3-D printed pizza!
The researchers are looking beyond space travel and hope that their findings can be used in military environments or to help solve food shortage challenges around the world.