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Do you remember our post about NASA sending a 3D printer into space? It turns out NASA is looking at another option for 3D printers that wouldn’t print plastic parts; it would print food. 3D foot printing is currently being used to print chocolate desserts, but similar technology could be used to print nutritious food for astronauts to eat.

 

These printers would combine several ingredients such as powders, oils and protein to create various food items. For example, one of these 3D printers could print a pizza. The dough would be mixed up first and then cooked. The tomato sauce would be created next which would be a mixture of powder, oil and water, followed by adding a protein layer on top.

 

This advance in technology could offer our astronauts some fun and unique cuisine to eat in space. We’ll keep you posted as more information is released, but in the meantime check out this video with some 3D printed chocolate.