The SXSW Eco conference is a gathering of a number of different creative minds from the world of green technology. One of the more interesting stands at SXSW was Anjan Contractor‘s 3D printed food stand.
“The first one is dough cartridge, the second is tomato cartridge, and the third is cheese cartridge,” said Anjan Contractor, a Professional Mechanical Engineer, with 13 years of experience and a Senior Mechanical Engineer at Systems and Materials Research Corporation (SMRC) in Austin, TX.
He used a RepRap 3D printer to create the pizza at the conference. Originally he designed the printer to create a chocolate valentine gift for his wife, but later realized the massive amounts of applications it could be used for in the future.
“I think, and many economists think, that current food systems can’t supply 12 billion people sufficiently,” says Anjan “So we eventually have to change our perception of what we see as food.”
Anjan believes that in five to 10 years, this technology could be used in average everyday homes to provide the exact nutrients a family or person needs.
“Let’s say someone is an athlete in the family and they need more protein, we can design recipes for them and print out more protein-nutritious food for that individual and at the same time say someone is pregnant and requiring more iron, we can bring more iron-enriched food,” Contractor said.
Contractor’s company has already received a six month, $125,000 grant from NASA to further develop a fully functional 3D food printer for printing customized nutritious food’s for astronauts during long distance space travel.
Founded in 1998, Systems and Materials Research Corporation (SMRC) is a Texas-based small business that engineers innovative solutions to difficult challenges facing its military and commercial customers. With its multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers, SMRC develops, integrates, and transitions cutting-edge technologies through strategic partnership with global market leaders.