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mind blower: the topic is 3d printing - of food
« on: May 23, 2013, 11:20:35 PM »
http://www.newsdaily.com/article/11b0e05bc986a1bdb37cb900383465af/nasa-investing-in-3-d-food-printer-for-astronauts


If you consider the design contract price, they are essentially lowballing their work to get publicity.  This is intital stages of planning, but I think the concept is viable, and as a recipe writer and precision equipment operator, I am officially intrigued.  i plan to follow this topic, and will update as it comes out.

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Re: mind blower: the topic is 3d printing - of food
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2013, 10:11:15 AM »
Given that weight is at such a high premium when going into space, you probably wouldn't send up anything that you could produce once you get there. I wonder if the protein used in the printers will come from something like this? http://www.dailytech.com/Japanese+Make+Delicious+Nourishing+Steaks+From+Human+Feces/article21932.htm

Yes, I know this story was a hoax, but scientifically, it's feasible.
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Re: mind blower: the topic is 3d printing - of food
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2013, 04:52:27 PM »
Craig, I think you have half a valid point.  Why not recycle your waste, if it can be done well?  However, it seems more likely in the NASA program that premade protein powder would be one of the fundamentals of the printing palette.   I would guess 75% of their objective in this design is to streamline and compact the onsite food storage and production stream.

That protein could certainly come indirectly from waste, via such routes as canister farming of legumes, etc.  But that is something best left for an area where water and operating room is not at a premium, such as a base on the Moon. 

That's pure speculation at this point, although I'm sure a moonbase will feature gardens and farms. 

3d printing is well-proven, and what interests me are the possibilities of foodCAD....
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Re: mind blower: the topic is 3d printing - of food
« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2013, 06:20:38 PM »
In case you haven't seen this yet... it seems they already have plans for our beloved food of pizza...

http://boingboing.net/2013/05/22/open-source-hardware-3d-printe.html
http://news.yahoo.com/why-nasa-funding-3d-pizza-printer-133700233.html

So when will this forum become a CAD based recipe discussion instead?  ;)


 

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