DIY Machine Prints 3D Customized Burritos

DIY Machine Prints 3D Customized Burritos

Burritobot is created with open source technology, that can be programmed to build the perfect edible unit.

Carib Guerra
  • 16 june 2012

PSFK had the chance to check out NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) end-of-year show last month and came away with 10 innovative ideas that remap the communications landscape. Check out one of our picks below:

A novel way to make burritos using a 3D Printer. That’s Burritob0t, Marko Manriquez’s graduate thesis project for the Tisch School of the Arts. 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, is the process of building an object based on a 3D computer model by squirting layer upon layer of a given material until the finished product is realized.

Normally these objects would be built of melted threads from spools of plastic filament. For his Burritob0t project Manriquez chose to use ingredients typical to Mexican cuisine like beans, cheese, salsa and sour cream. These are kept in containers on a carousel which rotates to feed whichever is called for into an extruder, to taste.

Currently Burritob0t, along with a control app for the iPhone and iPad, is in the prototype phase. Manriquez has said that Kickstarter is on its way to drumming up funding for the artist’s ultimate goal: a Mobile Printed-Burrito Truck. Through this project the artist hopes to highlight social and environmental issues associated with the food industry:

Because the burrito is a mass market consumable, it lends easily as a way for examining and stimulating discussion on various aspects of the food industry including: how and where our food is grown, methods of production, environmental impact, cultural appropriation and perhaps most importantly — what our food means to us. By parodying the humble burrito’s ingredients and methods of production we can shed light on these exogenous factors and interconnected systems surrounding the simple burrito.

Check out the video below to see the amazing technology in action.


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