Food and printing may not normally go hand-in-hand, but one developer hopes that it’s the way of the future. And his 3D pizza printer is turning plenty of heads at a conference in Texas.
Courtesy of KXAN/CNNThis machine makes pizza, using powdered ingredients to build a square of dough, a layer of sauce, and some cheese topping. According to KXAN, one of the biggest ideas presented at the South-by-Southwest conference is a 3D food printer.
Initially created to provide nutrients and food sources to astronauts, the printer turns powdered ingredients into edible, layered food. The first food served – pizza. The printer squeezes out dough, sauce and a cheese topping onto a heated plate, and 12 minutes later, a little pizza is ready to eat.
"We can pretty much provide food-on-table with very few resources," Anjan Contractor, developer of the 3-D food printer, said. "So we believe that this is the future of food."
Contractor is backed with a $125,000 grant from NASA to build the 3D-printed pizza prototype.
For now, food printing will be out of reach of taste buds until the FDA approves the printed products, but the developer believes that in the future, the technology could be in every kitchen.
Food printing has been around for several years. A group at Cornell University created a printer in 2011 that could print chocolate, cheese, scallops, celery and turkey. Click here for more.
Earlier this year, Dutch scientists printed a burger with a $325,000 price tag. Though it may appease some vegetarians and animal rights activists, the product failed its first public taste test. Ranchers and farmers can rest easy for now — chefs still prefer real beef over synthetic.