The standard Mark 6 Food Replication Unit is a staple of both Starfleet and Federation food provision. Widely used, highly power efficient and extremely useful, the Mark 6 comes with a preprogrammed memory core with hundreds of thousands of beverages and meals, as well as the ability to create raw materials. The Mark 6 can also be used to produce small non-organic products, usually of a household nature, from plates and bowls to vases, teddy bears and clothing.
The Mark 6 is usually either powered off of Starfleet's power transfer systems if on a Starbase, Starship or Colony, or if on an established civilian settlement, then off of the local power grid. The power requirements are relatively low and the quality of food it produces is extremely high. This combined with a simple user interface which enables the easy programming of new replication patterns and an easily expandable memory core, enabling saved replication patterns to be transferred with ease utilising a standard iso-linear data rod or PADD.