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3-D Printing of food for astronauts on future Mars mission - 2013

NASA Invests $125,000 with private firm to investigate 3-D Printing of food for astronauts on future Mars mission

This subject was noted on my Facebook account and I see that it dates back to 2012 - 2013 time frame so did some looking to see if it was still a topic of interest.
What is mentioned is not quite a Star Trek Replicator but rather a 3D printer that can build up a food product like a pizza.
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It gets a bit stranger if you try to grow fake food for real.  
Why bother with parts of an animal you don't want to eat, just grow the part of a chicken you want to eat.
Caged or range, not the question, it might have come from a vat of growing meat.
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NASA Invests $125,000 with private firm to investigate 3-D Printing of food for astronauts on future Mars mission.

NASA is funding a 3D food printer, and it'll start with pizza


Dried component and liquid  to make the paste for your printer.
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The audacious plan to end hunger with 3-D printed food

Anjan Contractor’s 3D food printer might evoke visions of the“replicator” popularized in Star Trek, from which Captain Picard was constantly interrupting himself to order tea. And indeed Contractor’s company, Systems & Materials Research Corporation, just got a six month, $125,000 grant from NASA to create a prototype of his universal food synthesizer.

But Contractor, a mechanical engineer with a background in 3D printing, envisions a much more mundane—and ultimately more important—use for the technology. He sees a day when every kitchen has a 3D printer, and the earth’s 12 billion people feed themselves customized, nutritionally-appropriate meals synthesized one layer at a time, from cartridges of powder and oils they buy at the corner grocery store. Contractor’s vision would mean the end of food waste, because the powder his system will use is shelf-stable for up to 30 years, so that each cartridge, whether it contains sugars, complex carbohydrates, protein or some other basic building block, would be fully exhausted before being returned to the store.
More but still back a couple of years.
Will be watching for more companies and ideas.
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3D Printing: Food in Space

NASA and a Texas company are exploring the possibility of using a "3D printer" on deep space missions in a way where the "D" would stand for dining.

NASA has awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I contract to Systems and Materials Research Consultancy of Austin, Texas to study the feasibility of using additive manufacturing, better known as 3D printing, for making food in space. Systems and Materials Research Consultancy will conduct a study for the development of a 3D printed food system for long duration space missions. Phase I SBIR proposals are very early stage concepts that may or may not mature into actual systems. This food printing technology may result in a phase II study, which still will be several years from being tested on an actual space flight.

Future long duration space missions beyond low Earth orbit have unique challenges for food quality, variety, and nutrient stability. Current astronaut nutrition is exclusively meal-ready-to-eat (MRE) pouches, which do not provide flavor and texture variety or long term nutrient stability. There exists a need for a new food technology system that provides interesting flavors and recipes while including nutrient supplements to offset nutritional degradation from long term storage.

SMRC’s 3D printed food system will provide nutritious food choices in a variety of forms and flavors. In a Mars mission, this system is to be used in conjunction with bulk foods, prepackaged foods, and hydroponically grown foods. Potentially, hundreds of recipes are available, utilizing raw ingredient food stocks. An additional value added product of this system is the possibility of therapeutic diets. The probability that one or more astronauts will be injured or fall ill is high. Special therapeutic diets can be programmed at NASA headquarters and transmitted to the spacecraft. SMRC’s food dispensing system will be an adaptable food supply for individual tastes and nutrition needs.

SMRC has developed a 3D printed food system capable of dispensing viscous food made from powder and liquid ingredients. Cheese pizza has been the first demonstrated meal from SMRC’s 3D food printer. Pizza dough is dispensed onto a hot plate where it is cooked, followed by a tomato layer and cheese topping. Future developments of the 3D printer will include an oven for cooking the food. Nutrient addition to meals is a future add-on to the 3D printed food system.
PROPOSAL NUMBER:12-1 H12.04-9357
SUBTOPIC TITLE:Advanced Food Systems Technology
PROPOSAL TITLE:3D Printed Food System for Long Duration Space Missions
SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Systems and Materials Research Consultancy
1300 W. Koenig Lane, Suite 230
Austin, TX 78756 - 1412
(512) 535-7791

Maybe not for space but more down to Earth.

Here's How Close We Are to Real 3-D-Printed Food
3D Systems just unveiled its ChefJet 3D sugar printers, but how close are we to real 3-D-printed food?

Steve Symington
Jan 12, 2014 at 11:00AM

In one of its quirkier moves to date, 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) just unveiled its new line of ChefJet 3D sugar printers.

Just as the name implies, 3D Systems insists ChefJet will allow any professional kitchen to incorporate "stunning edible prints" with minimal effort -- that is, for foodies willing to fork out some serious dough.

ChefJet will be available later this year in two models: one at "under $5,000" to deliver single-color edible prints, and another "Pro" version for "under $10,000" to enable larger, full-color designs

3D Systems Is Making Printable Food a Possibility

By Steve Symington | More Articles
September 14, 2013 |

Ping Fu, author of Bend, Not Break, founder and CEO of Geomagic, and incoming chief strategy officer at 3D Systems (NYSE: DDD  ) , tells of her journey from being a penniless newcomer to the United States to becoming an incredibly successful CEO.

3D Systems is at the leading edge of a disruptive technological revolution, with the broadest portfolio of 3-D printers in the industry. However, despite years of earnings growth, 3D Systems' share price has risen even faster, and today the company sports a dizzying valuation. To help investors decide whether the future of additive manufacturing is bright enough to justify the lofty price tag on the company's shares,

A city in the sky or some base on a wayward plant may not have a lot of pasture land.
As we add to our population here on Earth we may want to use pasture land for more than grazing animals or covered pens that raise animals for our food,
Food from a vat, both vegetable or meat, what is your pleasure?
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There’s nothing new about Silicon Valley’s food hacking

The disrupterati are bored, and they want to play with your food. Having flattened shopping, unshackled education, hotwired our wheels and loggified our daily lives, they now want to get into our mouths. Engineers-turned-chefs are tinkering with what’s in our food, and bringing technology to bear from other fields to do it in the name of science. However, it isn’t clear that this rush to re-engineer food is any different than what the mainstream food industry has been doing for years, only it’s coming out of a sector of industry more interested in accelerated change for change’s sake than in cracking major problems or satisfying real needs.

A bit on Fake Meat.

Fake meat: is science fiction on the verge of becoming fact?

As mission statements go, it takes some beating. Scrawled on a whiteboard are the words: "We will change how the Earth looks from space!" It surpasses "Don't be evil" (the motto of Google, just down the road), and in terms of hubris it trumps even that of Facebook (also just round the corner): "Move fast and break things!"

In this anonymous laboratory on a low-rise industrial estate in Menlo Park, 40km south of San Francisco, there is a whiff of revolution in the air. There is a whiff of madness, too, but after a few hours in the company of the man leading this intriguing Silicon Valley startup, one begins to wonder if it is the rest of the world that is insane.

Professor Patrick Brown could easily be taken for a deranged visionary. He is intense, driven and unfazed by critics and rivals. This 57-year-old ultra-lean, sandal-wearing, marathon-running vegan wants to stop the world eating meat. Not through persuasion or coercion, but by offering us carnivores something better for the same price or less.

Thanks for looking up with me,
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Food in Science Fiction 
NameAuthor (Publication Date)
H. Beam Piper (1952)
Edgar Rice Burroughs (1912)
Philip K. Dick (1964)
Clifford Simak (1961)
H. Beam Piper (1961)
H. Beam Piper (1962)
Frederik Pohl (w/CM Kornbluth) (1952)
Margaret Atwood (2003)
Edward Page Mitchell (1879)
Philip Frances Nowlan (1928)
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