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Die NASA ist grade – recht überschaubar mit einer 125.000 Dollar-Förderung – beim einem Entwickler für 3D-printed Food eingestiegen. Die Space-Behörde will die Technologie für Weltraumspeisen und man arbeitet explizit an 3D-gedruckter Pizza für die Mars-Mission. 3D-PRINTED PIZZA IN SPACE FTW!
Pizza is an obvious candidate for 3D printing because it can be printed in distinct layers, so it only requires the print head to extrude one substance at a time. Contractor’s “pizza printer” is still at the conceptual stage, and he will begin building it within two weeks. It works by first “printing” a layer of dough, which is baked at the same time it’s printed, by a heated plate at the bottom of the printer. Then it lays down a tomato base, “which is also stored in a powdered form, and then mixed with water and oil,” says Contractor.
Finally, the pizza is topped with the delicious-sounding “protein layer,” which could come from any source, including animals, milk or plants.