3D Food Printing Control System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QY-19-C-0019
Agency Tracking Number: A2-7448
Amount: $663,641.66
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A17-078
Solicitation Number: 2018.1
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-03-11
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-03-10
Small Business Information
DUNS: 080237221
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Anjan Contractor
 (614) 906-4734
Business Contact
 Benjamin Feltner
Phone: (512) 633-5304
Email: benjamin@beehex.com
Research Institution
Army Soldiers currently consume pre-packaged Meals Ready to Eat (MRE), which are inadequate in providing sufficient nutrition for the level of physical activity they routinely perform. These MREs have limited choices; shorter shelf life and they are not tailored to individuals' needs. BeeHex proposes to analyze soldiers' DNA and gut-health data to formulate a list of ingredients for optimal nutrition for each individual soldier, then use a 3D food printer system capable of dispensing a variety of macro and micro-nutrients (paste, powder and granular forms) to provide personalized food based on individuals' preferences and physiological needs. BeeHexs 3D food system will have a simple software interface, computational algorithm to convert bio-analysis and physiological data to nutritional values, and a complete hardware system with (1) 3D Food Printer for paste deposition (2) Integrated system for powder/granular micronutrient deposition, and (3) IR heating system for quick baking. BeeHex has successfully proved this concept in Phase I. The system is designed to be NSF compliant with an integrated self-cleaning mechanism. We have tested systems in a relevant environment for more than 500 hours and our experience will provide a very strong foundation for Army's 3D food printer system.

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