Have you ever seen a food ad on TV so compelling that you began craving that particular dish or snack? With the help of 3D printer innovations, one day that dream could be a reality. Recently, NASA has donated a $125,000 fund to mechanical engineer Anjan Contractor, head of Systems & Materials Research Corporation, to develop a 3D food printer that would be able to create a variety of edibles from common materials.
The machine would work like any other 3D printer, but instead of sending a design to the 3D printer, you will send a recipe with precise ingredients and measurements. The 3D printer will be using cartridges of powder and oils. It will allow the food to be stored for long periods of time (up to 30 years) without spoiling.
The printer will start being built in two weeks, and once it’s been built, Contractor will attempt to print a pizza comprised of three layers of nutritional powders mixed with water and oil out first. Here’s a video.