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NASA-commissioned 3D food printer will now create on-demand pizzas at concerts and sporting events – 3ders.org (blog)

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Aug 10, 2016 | By Benedict
A 3D printing device that was originally funded by NASA for astronauts to use in space can instead be used to 3D print pizza at public events. After having its NASA grant axed, the Texas researchers behind the 3D printing device created BeeHex, a company that can use the machine in commercial environments.

Whilst the excitement of fused deposition modeling can be sufficient nourishment for tech-heads like you and me, others stay additional interested in base pleasures like eating pizza. That excellent cultural divide can soon be no additional, yet, for the reason the 3D printing industry is of to collide head-on with the hungry and impatient general public via what you can call “food deposition modeling”—3D printed pizza, in other words. Texas-based 3D printing company BeeHex is planning to sell 3D printed slices at sporting events and theme parks, repurposing an high end food-printing machine originally created for NASA astronauts.
In 2013, when preparing a manned undertaking to Mars, NASA comundertakinged a number of auxiliary projects to be assisted by a federal grant. One of those recipients was the Materials Research Corporation, based in Austin, Texas, that planned to create a 3D printing device that may print food in space. The company created its firstly iteration of the seemingly space-bound 3D printing device via funds of an first grant, but Congressional budget cuts intended that assist was cut preceding a 2nd grant was at any time delivered.
Instead of abandoning its food-printing 3D printing device altogether, the Texas-based company decided to repurpose the machine for use on planet Earth. In 2015, Anjan Contractor, Jordan French, Chintan Kanuga, and Ben Feltnera created a new company, BeeHex, that can reportedly provide on-demand 3D printed pizzas at concerts, arenas, and other public places. According to the company, customers can order the pizza via a smartphone app, pay online, and collect the printed pizza when it’s done.

The new adaptation of the 3D printing device can use multiple nozzles, through that digital chefs can separately input pre-made ingredients such as pizza dough, sauce, and cheese. The machine can be able-bodied to clean itself, and can fabricate a deplete pizza in just four minutes—the average human assembly time being around nine minutes. The BeeHex 3D printing device can in addition be modified
for uses moreover pizza: for example, the company has begun to experiment with chocolate and icing—other crowd-friendly foods may manufacture the machine a viable-bodied choice for sports arenas, concert halls, and theme parks.
Originally created to print food with adjustable-bodied nutritional contents, the 3D printing device was earmarked as a way to feed astronauts based on their specific dietary requirements, that may potentially have proved useful when crew participants became sick. Unfortunately, while it was being made for use by NASA, senator Tom Coburn criticized the first $125,000 grant given to the company for being wasteful and impractical, and a planned 2nd grant was some day pulled.

By producing 3D printed pizza that is “not just visually attractive but delicious, creating excitement one of chefs, restaurant chains, theme parks and leading food brands,” BeeHex may be well-placed to manufacture a mark in the 3D printed food industry, next in the footsteps of new designs like the candy-printing Magic Candy Factory of Katjes Fassin and 3D printed food restaurant Food Ink.
Cheesy pizza of a 3D printing device? Sounds like our kind of meal.

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