Nasa has funded a project that aims to adapt 3D printers for space usage, among other things these 3D printers will act as a sort of space kitchen.
A company called Systems and Materials Research Consultancy is studying how to make nutritious food with a 3D printer.
This would not only increase efficiency, but also make it able to store rations for longer trips more easily.
“Long distance space travel requires 15-plus years of shelf life,” Contractor told Quartz. “The way we are working on it is, all the carbs, proteins and macro and micro nutrients are in powder form. We take moisture out, and in that form it will last maybe 30 years.”