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Astronauts Could Soon Be 3-D Printing Pizzas In Space

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American startup BeeHex, originally birthed from a NASA investment, is about to launch it’s 3-D food printing prototype that can print a fully cooked pizza in less than 5 minutes.

The flagship printer, named ‘Chef 3D’, is built to print a 12 inch pizza in less than five minutes using freeze-dried ingredients. This means that space travellers could have a wider range of freeze dried meals at their choice, as opposed to traditionally bland pre-packaged astronaut meals.

The cartridges in the printer are filled with the necessary ingredients to construct a pizza: liquefied dough, sauce, toppings, and melted cheese. What remains to be seen about this technology is how the printing process would work in micro-gravity.

Originally funded by NASA with a $125,000 grant Chef 3D is putting it’s initial applications into play for the consumer market. The company recently closed a $1 million dollar funding round and hopes to work with chains like Pizza Hut and Dominos in the near future in order to perfect the technology.

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