If you are a pizza lover and tired of kneading dough or simply not in the mood to make one for yourself, then don’t worry. You can now 3D-print pizza.
Developers claim BeeHex, a robot, can 3D-print pizza under four minutes.
In 2013, a team of inventors led by Anjan Contractor, secured a grant of $125,000 from NASA to develop a 3D-food printer. The basic purpose of NASA’s grant was to develop a device that could provide astronauts with freshly cooked delicious food in space during future missions to Mars.
Meanwhile, BeeHex is planning to served 3-D printed pizzas to theme parks, sports arenas, music venues, and malls across US by early 2017.
Developers claim that pizzas made by their robots are not only visually appealing but delicious, creating excitement among chefs, restaurant chains, theme parks and food brands.
To order pizza traditionally, you either do it online or over the phone and it comes delivered in a box in the same circular shape and three sizes. That’s where BeeHex has an edge.
BeeHex can produce any type of pizza and in any shape, Chief Marketing Officer and co-founder Jordan French told Tech Insider, adding that like most 3D printers, it hooks up to a computer that tells it which dough, sauce, and cheese to use.
People will be able to order pizzas at kiosks or order them through the BeeHex app, which pings you when it’s ready. Consumers will also have the option to choose the pizza’s size, dough, sauce and cheese.
How does it work
Once you order your pizza, a command is given to the bot and it starts applying a layer of liquefied dough through a nozzle in the shape you desire.
After that the process is repeated for sauce and melted cheese and it is then put in an oven pre-heated at 400° Celsius for five minutes.
Sharing how his invention could make a difference, Anjan Contractor told Inc.com, “People all over the world can’t afford basic ingredients. In India, the price of onions – something small, like onions – are too high for most people to afford.”
“Now imagine if food could be printed. You control nutritional value. You make healthy eating available for everyone. There are people in the world that can’t afford food, and 3D printing can change that,” added Anjan.
While explaining how 3D-printing food could help alleviate food shortage crisis that results from a natural disaster, BeeHex co-founder French said “3D printing puts food in hard-to-reach places and 3D inputs could be stored for far longer than the shelf life of any food and use it to 3D print on a large scale.”
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