Finally Science Does Something Worthwhile: Printing Pizza

I was just wondering what I was going to post about today when I ran across this article about how someone is designing a 3-D printer that can print pizza. Finally, science is actually doing something worthwhile for humanity.

You might think I’m joking, and I kind of am (I very much appreciate much of what  humanity’s scientific efforts have brought us). However, I’m also kind of not. All kidding aside, I really could go for a pizza that can be printed in my kitchen. If it works, I’m sure things wouldn’t stop there. I could really go for a printer that makes food for me.

Granted, this pizza is probably going to be completely disgusting at first. The powders they are working with right now to try to make the pizza apparently involve algae, duckweed, grass, lupine seeds, beet leaves, and insects. That doesn’t sound promising, but I’m sure technology will advance. All kinds of things can end up tasting good if enough things are done to them (I believe one of the common red dyes used in food today is made from beetle wings).

Also, I’m sure those fond of natural foods aren’t going to like this. Who knows what eating printed food could do to us long term. There is also the question of whether or not something like this will ever be within the reach of the ordinary home consumer.

However, all that is beyond the point right now. Right now I’m thinking about what life would be like if the printer next to me could make pizza. Right now, that sounds kind of good.

About David S. Atkinson

David S. Atkinson enjoys typing about himself in the third person, although he does not generally enjoy speaking in such a fashion. However, he is concerned about the Kierkegaard quote "Once you label me you negate me." He worries that if he attempts to define himself he will, in fact, nullify his existence...
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3 Responses to Finally Science Does Something Worthwhile: Printing Pizza

  1. jkonrath says:

    If you think algae is bad, the Star Trek food replicator resequenced biomatter for food. (i.e. toilet waste.)

    (In seriousness, I think the 3D printing of pizza thing is not much more than a silly grant-grab. The cost of 3D printing a pizza, in power consumption, is orders of magnitude higher than just mixing up the food dust into a paste and slopping it on a pizza tray by hand. And power in space is a huge issue. 3D printing might be useful for food items that have intricate design where power consumption isn’t an issue though, like elaborate wedding cakes. But NASA probably doesn’t need those on Mars.)

  2. I guess you haven’t heard yet about the plans for Kim Kardashian’s next wedding…

  3. Contractor plans to start building his ‘pizza printer’ within the next couple of weeks, he has already printed a chocolate bar using the technology.

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