Pizza printer means quick and tasty snacks in your house...or on Mars

Ever wished you didn’t need to wait for pizza deliveries? Quick, low-cost, 3D-printed pizza could finally be here!

System & Materials’ Anjan Contractor won a $125,000 NASA grant to build a printer for food—more specifically, pizza. The open-source printer would 3D-print the pizza's toppings then heat it so it all melts together. It's not limited to pizza, either, and it can handle all sorts of ingredients—from tomato sauce to blades of grass to...insects.

Mmm. Eat up!

The main idea of the printer is to help those in impoverished countries make meals out of inexpensive, sustainable ingredients without wasting much food.  Or alternatively, it can allow space-farers print pizza on Mars.

Anjan previously built a RepRap-based printer that could produce chocolate candy, so it looks like the company is on the right track. The printer will be open-source, though, so you could build and tweak one yourself, and use it to print out dinner. Would you make one, or would you stay loyal to your pizza delivery joint?

[Quartz and Boing Boing / Photo: David Svensson/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)]

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