Print Your Own Space Food

2015 Challenge

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    Hardware, Citizen Science


    NASA is conducting a feasibility study about the possibilities of additive manufacturing for food (see resource a). The purpose of this Challenge is to collect wide ranging ideas on applications of food manufacturing and especially on the recycling element of additive manufacturing.

    Are there common elements or ingredients that can be shared across the different domains of additive manufacturing, i.e. does “Ingredient X” exist that can be used and recycled?


    Think Food Replicators, from an early sci-fi show. Investigate the benefits and feasibility of allowing astronauts to print their own food on the International Space Station or other space facility. What would it look like? What will it be made of? How will it be possible. Create a recipe for a 3D printed meal.


    • Identify the benefits of additive manufacturing in terms of producing food for use in space.
    • Identify the options for recycling 3D printed food.
    • What are the drawbacks for using this technology in space?
    • Are there viable options in the near or short term?
    • Consider how it would be possible to recycle any leftover food to reuse as future material for edible printing.
    • Identify what basic ingredients (consumables – and we don’t mean edibles) would be needed and in what quantity, and how you could cut that in half.

    Sample Resources(Participants do not have to use these resources, and NASA in no way endorses any particular entity listed).

  • The following projects are solving this challenge:


      This projects aims that to provide quality food by my idea. It gives more energy (5-6) hours The 250 gm of food is enough for a person There is no health risk in this healthy food It is used in every space station.. Visit Project

    • Epicurious

      The current system of sending pre-packaged ready-to-consume food to space works for missions lasting weeks or months between resupply events. For multi-year planetary missions, pre-manufactured stabilized foods are often unpalatable long before they are unsafe to eat. In addition, food monotony... Visit Project

    • Team 19 (Print your own space food)

      We are designing a concept for 3D printing food in space from alternative food sources. The purpose of this project is to solve the food problems at ISS and to bring new ideas and solutions for future manned space missions and explorations, also address the food shortage that eventually we’ll be ... Visit Project

    • 3D food printer in space

      This project aims to achieve and solve problem with transporting food in space that generate big expenses, storage of food, expiration date and lack of vitamins in specific food. This project can solve the problem with world hunger because can be implemented here on Earth too. The 3D printer use ... Visit Project

    • SpaceSpoon

      This project intend to design a spoon specially for being used in 0G. Visit Project

    • Food4Life

      The idea is to create ethical neo-sustanence by printing pluripotent stemm cells (of desired tasty species) into new shapes and colorful, tasty snacks without harming any complex organisms (yes cells and bacteria will still be sacrificed). Using MELiSSA inspired recycling techniques, coupled with... Visit Project

    • AstroGro

      **THE CHALLENGE** This challenge was based on 3D printing food. We took a different approach to resolving the same issues of the original challenge. Our solution is utilizing the current 3D printing capabilities in space to build an intelligent system to organically grow fresh foods. Sp... Visit Project

    • Print your own space food

      The food has specific requirements of providing balanced nutrition for individuals working in space, while being easy and safe to store, prepare and consume in the machinery-filled low gravity environments of manned spacecraft. Although astronauts consume a wide variety of food and drink in s... Visit Project

    • 3D printing food by Hemeka

      This project aims to achieve healthy and sustainable food printing. This 3D Printing Space Food system will allow you to print food with texture, flavor, aroma, and high protein content. To accomplish this, three laser heads operate in the system, each one with a dedicated function: - two ... Visit Project

    • Food Fabricator

      Future astronauts and deep-space pioneers would face tremendous health and sustenance challenges. Long-duration missions require thousands of meals for the crew. Refrigerating or freezing food uses up a big portion of the spacecraft's energy resources and volume. We tackle this issue by introdu... Visit Project

    • Pancakes in Space

      Food is around 70 - 90% water. Dry ingredients are relatively low mass compared to prepared foods, and water can be recycled, harvested from asteroids, retrieved as a by-product of hydrogen fuel burning, or gained in other ways. The key food nutrients and taste essentials are comparatively low vo... Visit Project

    • NB2 Food Replacator

      The project aims to give astronauts actual food, and this food have actual taste. Also, it makes it so that astronauts would not need to land to restock their food supply as many times. Food replicators will become even more useful when their are public space transportation, or even a space colon... Visit Project

    • Super Fruit

      Nutrient deficiency and bone loss are difficult yet inevitable problems in microgravity environments. The foods that the astronauts eat on board the ISS are not enough to counteract these deficiencies, and these deficiencies may become worse if the astronaut starts eating less. This is where ... Visit Project

    • Space Split Food (SSF)

      >Space Split Food (SSF) is an innovative way to solve the problem of **management and supply of food** on ISS . With Space Split Food we accepted NASA's challenge to reinvent the way of producing and distributing food. Visit Project

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