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3D Printed Pizza? Now We've Gone Too Far

Posted March 09, 2017 1:29 PM by HUSH
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When food and tech collide, it typically results in a happy union. See online ordering. Burritos by drone. Grocery delivery, like with Amazon Fresh.

Yet, something about the next collision of food and tech, I just cannot support. It’s pure blasphemy.

Of course, I’m talking about the pizza 3-D printer. Look, I live in a Mecca of pizza, and too often I take it for granted. But sometimes, I’m reminded that the quintessential pizza shop is almost exclusively a northeastern U.S. institution. Each time I travel to the American south or Canada, I’m empathetic to those who must suffer at the taste of fast food pizza (Domino’s, Pizza Hut, Boston Pizza, etc.).

The pizza 3-D printer came about from the pit fires of Hell research done by Systems and Materials Research Consultancy of Austin from a $125,000 NASA contract awarded in 2013. However, funding was pulled from the project, and SMRC engineers formed their own startup, Beehex, to innovate 3-D printed foods.

As NASA plans to extend humanity’s space exploration range to Mars and possibly farther, many life support systems on current spacecraft won’t be suitable. Refrigeration won’t be feasible and supplies must be as modular as possible to optimize storage space. Another variable is the fickle taste of astronauts. Currently, all food supplies are planned months in advance and it can be tough for astronauts to modify meals to meet their preferences.

In late February, Beehex completed initial funding of its Chef 3-D printer, which can be adapted for space but is currently better suited for Earth. The printer features three nozzles to layer dough, pizza sauce and cheese. Other ingredients will still need to be manually added. The printer can build a pizza in any shape, and from first jettison of dough to a baked pie will take about six minutes.

Apparently the Chef 3-D is set for introduction into amusement parks, sports stadiums and other niche applications later this year.

It’s true, that a customizable 3-D printer would be a morale boost for astronauts facing a multi-year absence from Earth. Italian coffee company Lavazza delivered an espresso machine (dubbed ISSpresso) for ISS astronauts in 2015, and besides being the first extraterrestrial fresh-brewed coffee, it also offered a chance to experiment with fluid dynamics in microgravity.

But I think that ultimately 3-D printed pizza is little more than a novelty. Printed foods might be a real solution one day, but, right now, the Chef 3-D’s pizzas look quite unappetizing.

I’ll just call one of the dozens of Gino’s around me instead. Pizza is something that doesn’t need improving.

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03/09/2017 1:36 PM

But sometimes, I’m reminded that the quintessential pizza shop is almost exclusively a northeastern U.S. institution.

And do you know why?

But one thing that they did do by laundering the money from ill-gotten gains, was created a market for Mozzarella.

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03/10/2017 10:23 AM

The real reason pizza tastes better in the Northeast, and east of the Mississippi River, is the water used in the pizza dough.

Yes, it's that simple.

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03/10/2017 10:40 AM

possibly,... a lot of people would say that its the sauce that makes or preaks a pizza.

I designed a convection pizza tunnel oven (110 pies/minute),... for one of the industrial frozen pizza manufacturers...

It is quite a bit of chemistry and continuous improvements to solve the different taste panels, heat sensitivity, moisture content, ect... to get it work out to just 'pop' a frozen pizza in the oven.

I recall when I was growing up,... we never 'bought' a frozen pizza and always made it from scratch,... with the exemption of the tomato sauce.

I really missed that.

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03/10/2017 11:09 AM

Yes, the sauce is an ingredient to makes or breaks a pizza, together with a great dough. Using a very good Fontina and Mozzarella cheese with the proper fat content is essential too. Ditto with using quality bulk Italian sausage and pepperoni......not too much fat, not too little fat content.

I only top our homemade pizza with a rich and thick spaghetti sauce that I make from scratch, simmering on the stovetop for at least 48 hours, covered. Made with home grown tomatoes, garlic, and herbs. You can stick a wooden spoon in it upright and it stays there. The recipe has been handed down 7 generations in my family. And no, I'm not sharing it here how to make either, because it's a well family-kept secret, where you only learn how to make it once you get married. Yes, I make it in bulk. my wife does not. LOL

I refuse to buy and eat a mass-produced frozen pie, ever. IMO, they're pure garbage and meant for the clueless Sheeple masses out there.

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03/10/2017 11:22 AM

the oven I made, They called me in for service adjustments about 3 months after commissioning,... I saw on the board they (3) 8 hour shifts that do at about 38,000-50,000 pies a shift. (excellent output on the oven) This was with one oven with plans for (2) more.

I refuse to buy and eat a mass-produced frozen pie, ever. IMO, they're pure garbage and meant for the clueless Sheeple masses out there.

And this was a small regional frozen pizza maker. Can you imagine Kraft's output. There a lot of clueless Sheeple masses eating frozen pies out there. But I don't want to get into talking about Hillary supporters.

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03/09/2017 2:33 PM

I don't see this as being much of a step up from the already common 2D based printing systems they use to make custom pictures on cakes and the like with.

They just stepped up from food coloring ink jet printing to bulk extrusion printing with CNC topping placement.

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03/09/2017 4:09 PM

Each time I travel to the American south or Canada, I’m empathetic to those who must suffer at the taste of fast food pizza (Domino’s, Pizza Hut, Boston Pizza, etc.).

I am amused at those who contend that <whatever> is only good in the locale where they live. People like what they are used to or grew up with, and so it is all relative.

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03/09/2017 7:42 PM

It interesting, I was just out of college, a home town friend of mine who lived across country got married, and a lot of our friends flew to his wedding... I didn't realize it, while I was excited to try the local cuisine... a lot of my old friends wanted to just eat and the Franchise restaurants they recognized, McDonalds, Pizza Hit, Long John Silvers.. I ended up, going out with my friends wife's family who were excited I showed such interest.

They could believe that I was friends with them.. just on my attitude and open mindedness.

And that attitude was I'll try anything... twice...just to make sure.

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03/09/2017 4:42 PM

Burrito delivery by drone? Perish the thought! Not when we have America's most awesome infrastructure project, The Mighty Alameda-Weehawken Burrito Tunnel.

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03/09/2017 11:01 PM

A couple months ago a friend and I went to a local Mexican restaurant for lunch. I ordered a pair of burritos. What I got was a pair of fake burritos made by some kind of coextrusion process (I think). Looked bad, tasted odd. Never went back. Pity, this place used to be OK.

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03/09/2017 11:27 PM

Oh gawd. That process sounds a bit too close to certain natural bodily functions, knowaddimean?

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03/10/2017 9:12 AM

I kind of see this as the wave of the future.

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03/09/2017 11:34 PM

Pizza from a 3 d machine ? The only answer I can think of starts with an S and ends with a T.

Normally I prefer to use complete words, so there is an intelligent conversation, but in this case if I did I might be in violation of an on-site web forums rule policy.

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03/10/2017 3:47 AM

Shit, you are not serious are you?

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03/10/2017 11:14 AM

Krikies, Ya done near made me poop ma-self with that there comment!

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03/10/2017 11:47 AM

If we had less 'political correctness' we might actually be able to state facts and have less ambiguity in life and we might all be able to trust, be honest and know what is going on in the world.Beside it lets people know far better, what happened or how you really feel.

Funny (peculiar), how technical specs are direct, work methods and procedures are direct, yet speaking and writing caters for others feelings. Use the right word to state your feelings and I hope the keech (toley), in your under trouser is not to uncomfortable.

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03/10/2017 3:23 PM

Yea that twisted social vexation of peoples want to avoid the cold hard scientific/rational logical truth at all costs then make up every possible excuse no matter how weak or irrelevant to play it down when they cant avoid it and the reality that makes it drive me nuts.

Especially online.

Hit some clueless fool or fools with enough cold hard facts that show what they believe in is totally biased to outrightly wrong on enough levels in front of everybody often enough and you become the bad guy for 'not respecting their opinion and rights to their own beliefs'. WTF?

Contrary to popular opinion when it comes to cold hard fact based truth there is no opinions. Either its true or you're wrong. There is no middle ground where the laws of science and nature or the reality of how something happened allow for 'sort of true' or 'just maybe' or 'what if' or ' because I want to believe it to be otherwise' to stand.

As some quote I read once said. " There is no democracy in Science. Popular opinion does not dictate what is true or not."

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03/10/2017 3:35 PM

but there are science fact 'as of late' that is based on consensus

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03/10/2017 3:56 PM

No. There are consensus posing as science facts to/for the ignorant and foolish who don't/won't question what they are told or by whom.

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03/10/2017 4:06 PM

This guy should stick to children shows.

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03/10/2017 4:07 PM

Ha! You stated the point sir, a con census. There have been many of these and they perpetuate. There is always a con census resulting in telling us how to live. All scientific too, and still, they remain a con!

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03/10/2017 4:10 PM

As George Carlin pointed out about condo's,... to make doe,... your need a con.

And when it goes political,... well, I have carbon credits to sell.

and that's where they lost me.

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Carbon credits: do you sell charcoal pencils or toothpastes?

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03/10/2017 9:44 AM

Realistically, how lazy does the human need to become these days? Currently the people i the UK don't eat enough veg/fruits and already suffer vitamin D deficiencies. The Germans lack carrotine and the rest of the world lacks real food.

So what is this going to do to for all the hungry nations and kids who are in need of food? What health benefits come with this or is this just some fancy idea to pretend we are in a Star Trek saga?

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03/10/2017 11:17 AM

Well I can say for sure my efforts to cater to my laziness knows no bounds!

I'll work my fool head and hands off for 20 hours stright to find a way to save myself 5 minutes a day (which I will do nothing with) starting tomorrow.

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03/10/2017 12:29 PM

As is commonly said; 'Time flies like the wind. Fruit flies like bananas'.

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Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana.

Often (and incorrectly) attributed to the late great Groucho Marx.

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"I'll work my fool head and hands off for 20 hours stright[sic] to find a way to save myself 5 minutes a day..."

And you will make some bean counter happy with that saving of 5 minutes.

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03/10/2017 10:25 AM

Nothing says "tastes great" like a plastic pizza.

NOT! Not for this Italian-American!!!!! Give me real pizza or give me death!!!!

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Pizza has the ingredients with dairy products as well as the dough that it's only a arrange move of a molecule or two away from being plastic.

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Wonder if that's how Elmer's Glue was developed?

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