NASA mulls 3D printers for food

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    Replicators? NASA mulls 3D printers for food



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    Astronauts carry pre-packaged food — not the freeze-dried ice cream for sale in Smithsonian gift shops, but a little like the meals ready to eat, or MREs, consumed by the military. marThe Washington Post, Published on Wed May 22 2013
    NASA can send robots to Mars, no problem. But if it's ever going to put humans on the Red Planet, it has to figure out how to feed them over the course of a years-long mission.

    So the space agency has funded research for what could be the ultimate nerd solution: a 3D printer that creates entrees or desserts at the touch of a button.

    Yes, it's another case of life imitating Star Trek (remember the food replicator?). In this case, though, the creators hope there is an application beyond deep-space pizza parties. The technology could also be used to feed hungry populations here on Earth.d flavourful" food suitable for astronauts, according to the company's proposal.

    Using a "digital recipe," the printers will combine powders to produce food that has the structure and texture of, well, actual food.

    Including smell.

    The project — the details of which NASA plans to finalize this week — was presented at the Humans 2 Mars Summit in Washington this month. At the presentation, Anjan Contractor, an engineer at SMRC and the project manager, explained how the idea originated: He had used a 3D printer to print chocolate for his wife.

    The chocolate experiment led the company to think about other kinds of food that could be printed. A space-food printer doesn't actually exist yet — it's still a concept, which the company hopes to develop by the end of the year using NASA's grant money.

    The space agency's current astro-food system "is not adequate in nutrition or acceptability through the five-year shelf life required for a mission to Mars, or other long duration missions," NASA spokesman David Steitz said in an emailed statement.

    Astronauts carry pre-packaged food — not the freeze-dried ice cream for sale in Smithsonian gift shops, but a little like the meals ready to eat, or MREs, consumed by the military.

    The preparations are short on flavour and heavy on processing, which tends to "degrade the micronutrients in the foods," Steitz said. There also isn't much choice or variety, since all combinations of food are predetermined. That can take on big significance after a year or three cooped up in a small metal capsule.

    In its proposal, the company said 3D printed food could be tailored to each individual astronaut's nutritional needs, improving health and, maybe more importantly, alleviating boredom.

    One of the first goals for SMRC's printer is the humble pizza. It was chosen because it contains a variety of nutrients and flavors, said David Irvin, director of research at SMRC. More importantly, a pizza is made up of layers, a key principle used in 3D printing technology.

    Such printers, which have seen a surge of popularity lately, build a three-dimensional object by adding successive layers of material millions of times over according to a digital blueprint. Hobbyists have been using them to make everything from plastic toys to functioning guns.

    In SMRC's proposal, all the nutrients that go into a meal — such as protein and carbohydrates — would be stored in powdered form in cartridges. When an astronaut chooses a recipe, all the necessary ingredients are deployed into a mixing chamber, where they are blended with water and oil.

    The mixture is then heated and sprayed onto a heated base. Layer by layer, the food is formed on the base, until it is ready, hot and fresh from the "oven."

    "The pizza is actually just a way to demonstrate something solid at the bottom, something doughy in the middle and something meatlike at the top," Irvin said.

    Theoretically, homesick astronauts could even get a care package from Mom: The printer would have the ability to communicate with Earth and receive personalized instructions, or "recipes," the company said.

    "Mom designs a cookie in a computer, sends the cookie to the space shuttle and the son or daughter prints out a cookie at Christmas," Contractor said in his presentation.

    NASA said the proposal is intriguing in part because it could save weight on a spacecraft, and because such technology could be used to make other objects, such as tools.

    The use of 3D printers to make food is not a new idea. In 2011, Cornell University designed a printer that could create food using pastes moving through a syringe.

    A Dutch research company, TNO, floated the idea that 3D printers could use several forms of organic life as a protein component — algae, grass or even insects.

    SMRC said part of its motivation for seeking the NASA grant is to pursue the even loftier goal of fighting world hunger.

    At his Washington presentation, Contractor said printed food could increase the efficiency of food systems on Earth by eliminating waste and making it easier to store and transport nutritional ingredients. The company also envisions printing food for military use, which could cut down on supply runs.

    But experts caution against viewing technology as the answer to the world's nutritional issues.

    "There isn't some silver-bullet technology that's going to solve hunger problems," said Gawain Kripke, policy director for food security and hunger at Oxfam America. The idea behind the technology is welcome, he said, but is unlikely to have an impact in the near term.

    "What's more likely to have an impact is simpler technology, such as access to tractors and seeds," he said.
     
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  2. R.P. McMurphy

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    ...let em eat poptarts. if they want to make some money with that shit all they have to do is start printing vaginas.
     
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    LOL[​IMG]My sentiments exactly.
     
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    So we keep getting stuff from startrek.

    I want my litghsaber to be honest.
     
  5. R.P. McMurphy

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    ...whats cool about this 3d printer is they have already made human parts that take root and grow as human tissue. i saw a story about ears being made to help children born with deformities.
     
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    here is a question straight out of Star Trek.

    If vegans object to eating animal flesh because of animal cruelty and 3d printers can make an exact copy of a porter house steak why would they remain vegan other than what ever health benefits they think it offers?
     
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    pretty soon, the only people left to make fun of will be the fat and the old
     
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    I am a vegetarian, for 28 years now. I ONLY skip meat because of the cruelty and misery inflicted on the animals. If I could eat fried chicken, with no chicken...I would be fine with that. I still miss certain meat products all these years later.
    Same argument with the veggie burgers. Some vegetarians won't eat them because they taste or look like meat. I have no problem with that.

    :cow::turkey:
     
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    Awesome. I'm convinced that food replication will happen in our lifetime.

    I'm also hoping for a holodeck. :pray:
     
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    For the Porn?
     
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    think of the possibilities :up:
     
  12. Micheal Kenyon

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    OK, so my Doc told me to clean up my diet. I tried some of those burgers. Surprise! Not bad at all.

    Fast trek this 3D printer shit. I'm gonna need some new body parts soon.
     
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    Yeah, they are really good. Just don't over cook them...bleh
     
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    I'm starving
    what's wrong
    the printer jammed
     
  15. icypussy

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    Your av is great and I'm a eagles fan. Poetry not penis:c
     
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    Why didn't the aliens give this idea to Riley Martin.
     
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    I'd live in a holodeck.. with about 5000 hot chicks. :)

    But I doubt any of this shit will ever happen. NASA is still stuck 40 years in the past and haven't done a damn thing except launch that piece of shit shuttle. Russia was FIRST at just about everything concerning space, and I have serious doubts about the moon "landings".

    [video=youtube;D81hZ8HcFf0]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D81hZ8HcFf0[/video]
    :lol:
     
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    I want this 3d printer that prints out copies of Milla Jovovich.
    [video=youtube_share;t-3AMq8XGaA]http://youtu.be/t-3AMq8XGaA[/video]
     
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    Agree, but with bigger boobs of course.


    Right?
     
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    i'd hate to be the guy that had to clean the first holodeck