Would you eat 3D Printed Food?

3D Printed Food

You’ve seen 3D movies, there has even been a 3D printed gun, but would you eat 3D printed food? NASA has announced that it will fund construction of the world’s first 3D food printer. NASA hopes that 3D printed food could benefit astronauts and that the printers will one day be a household item.

NASA has given a $125,000 grant to mechanical engineer Anjan Contractor to build the 3D printer he has already designed. The American space company wants the 3D printers to help provide food for astronauts on long distance journeys through space, but many believe it could be even better for those on Earth.

How you Print Food

Here is how you print food. The food printer is fed cartridges of powders and oils 3D Pizzacontaining all the nutrients needed for a healthy diet. The cartridges work very similar to the way a standard printer’s ink cartridges work. The ingredients of the desired food are then sprayed on layer-by-layer, eventually creating a solid three-dimensional food.

Feeding the World

With hunger a major problem in certain areas of the world, the 3D food printer has limitless potential. The cartridges used wouldn’t go out of date for over 30 years and will provide a long shelf life. Contractor believes that many economists think the current food systems can’t supply the billions of people on Earth sufficiently. “So we eventually have to change our perception of what we see as food,” he said.

Once the Contractor’s 3D printer is up and running, they will test it by attempting to print a pizza. Its flat shape makes it the perfect choice for the test run (Plus who doesn’t like pizza?). They will first print the dough, then the tomato base, and lastly the “protein-layer” topping. If Contractor’s design works, it will change the way we look at food forever.

The Importance of Having a First Aid Kit Handy this Spring and Summer

First Aid Kit

Now that spring and summer are here, more people will be enjoying the outdoors. Experts say that because more people are doing activities outside, there is an increase in cuts, scrapes, and puncture wounds. Taking immediate action when someone is injured can prevent infection and help the person heal faster.

Many of the injuries people get are minor and can be treated at home or on location. By knowing how to treat these injuries and having a first aid kit on you, further injury can be avoided. You should have a first aid kit in your home and an auto first aid kit in your vehicle so you can be prepared to help if someone does get hurt. The American College of Emergency Physicians offers the following first aid tips:

• Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and warm water or use an antibacterial cleanser.

• Apply direct pressure with a clean cloth, paper towel, or piece of gauze to the injured area to stop the bleeding.

• Clean the wound with cool water and mild soap, and then gently dry the area.

• Apply an antibiotic ointment to the wound to reduce the risk for infection.

• Cover the wound with a sterile bandage.

In some cases, emergency medical attention is required. In any of the following scenarios you should call 911 and wait for instruction from medical professionals;

• Wounds that are very large or bleeding excessively.

• Injuries that are on the face or near a bone.

• Injuries that have caused people to lose feeling or function in the affected area.

• Injuries caused by a human or animal bite.

• Wounds caused by a rusty object.

• Wounds with objects or debris stuck inside.

Being knowledgeable and prepared will help you in the event of an emergency. Remember to have a first aid kit handy at home and wherever you go because you never know when someone will be injured.