<p>Finally! 3D printing you can really sink your teeth into. Where was this thing when we were planning our Cinco de Mayo party?</p>
As 3D printing grows into ubiquity (just as we predicted), it was only a matter of time before someone applied it to the process to burrito-making. ITP student Marko Manriquez is tired of getting his hands dirty and trying to perfect that tuck and roll technique. Why bother when a robot can do it for you?
The culmination of Manriquez's studies at Tisch is his Burritob0t, a device that applies the technique of 3D printing, that is adding layers of material to create a physical object from a computer model, to making burritos with exactly the right amounts of beans, sour cream, pico de gallo, guacamole, etc.
Manriquez has a noble mission for his invention involving “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.”
Not to sidestep the deeper meaning, but we have more pressing questions in mind, i.e. can we please have a burrito? If so, please increase the model’s guac parameter to 125% and press play. And don’t bother wrapping it up, we’re hungry now.
An unloaded Burritob0t