We designed a portable, mini, 3D Food Printer and call it FOODCOMPOSER to print food anywhere. In extreme environments and places with food shortages. Our FOODCOMPOSER provides personalized nutrition based on individual astronaut needs. These tasty 3D masterpieces are produced by bio-engeneering, photosynthesis and regenerated organic material. Imagine energy gel balls, burger-crackers with ethical meat, chips and infused drinks. If you want to be a part of the food revolution, JOIN US!

This project is solving the Print Your Own Space Food challenge.


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 advanced metamaterials, nano-particles and coating to recycle the solid waste, separating usable proteins (see Poo Burger reference) using the remnants to feed algea and bacterial cultures and create food for the stemm cell cultures being printed (with multiple jets based on the size printed. Ideally this printer is a organprinter meets food printer. The PIN (personal information network) smart sensor bracelet (enabling permanent external blood circulation) will allow for real time monitoring of blood stream via ultrasonic, microscopic and spectrometric analysis in addition to the traditional eeg/ekg/gyro, accelerometer, temperature etc sensors. This will provide information on blood composition, track the influence of microgravity on organism, provide accurate calcium levels of astronauts as well as other vitals to program the needed nutrients to individual astronauts based on actual need.

The printer will use ultrasonic cavitation of liquids to infuse much needed flavor to enhance the gastronomic experience of astronauts. The customarily trashed solid waste on ISS would this way be recycled to a high degree and give astronauts a fun colorful food to enhance their spirits and culinary range.

Although this was 3d-printing challange, we feel that it may be easier (if not as space efficient) to use aquaponic recycling system or using insects to create base proteins out of the waste, becasue the efficiency of this transformation of matter to higher order of complexity.

Project Information

License: Apache License 2.0 (Apache-2.0)

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Waste Recycling -
3D food print beta: Foodini -
Tissue Printing -
Organ Printing -
Stem cells isolation from Blood -
DIY Bioprinter -
Drinks/Liquids Flavorication -
Make it taste good -
Storing Bio Ink -
Astronaut Needs -
Urine to Hydrogen -


  • Juliane  BEER
  • Ales Nohel