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Offline CthulhuKid

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Star Trek Replicators!
« on: May 23, 2013, 08:21:58 AM »
Okay, not really, but the ability to create foods in space from base ingredients is something worth looking into:

http://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/home/feature_3d_food.html

I realize that they're using the same concepts that 3d printers use, but calling it "3d food" seems awfully silly to me.  The only 2d food I can think of is those little breath strip thingies that were big in 2001 or so.

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Re: Star Trek Replicators!
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2013, 09:23:38 AM »
I think calling everything 3-D is silly too... I mean what's next, 4-D food that goes bad if you leave it too long?!

The technical abstract describes the use of a 3-D printer in ordr to give the food tecture, structure, and nutrients.  I think it could be a pretty elegant way to make food in space...  The 3-D printer part will make the structure of the food using starches and proteins, and while the structure is being built there would be an inkjet style nozzle that puts in flavors and "micronutrients"

This way they can actually make a doughnut instead of a seperate starch cracker and a sweet nutrient goo...

I think the in-vitro meat is another good solution, although probably less nutritive.
https://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/14/science/engineering-the-325000-in-vitro-burger.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&



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