Print your own pizza

If you think there’s never enough computerized numerical control in your life perhaps the pizza plotter should be your next project. This is a large 2-axis machine that shoots pressurized sauce onto a pizza crust. It’s a food-grade RepStrap and appears to use a garden sprayer as a reservoir. They learned their lesson when a loose hose clamp sprayed sauce around the room. We’re thinking this is a bit of reinventing the wheel as pizza-making factories but it’s fun nonetheless.

Comments

  1. Tito says:

    Mama-mia!

  2. raged says:

    why not use a turntable for the crust plate and rotate the pie and distribute the sauce like a cd burner.

  3. octel says:

    Too much sauce!!!

  4. crazyrog17 says:

    With experience working at Little Caesars, I’ll tell you… that is way too much sauce.

    I think the measurement is 3oz for a large pizza. It’s got to be spread evenly and very thin.

  5. cynic says:

    Yep, too much sauce to pass at the place I used to work too. Just the right amount, however, for the ones I made for myself.

    Subtitle text here!

  6. Edward says:

    there are too many ways to serve a pizza to mention, extra sauce is not a problem, I agree with the turntable idea, could even rig a large spoon to the side of the sauce distributor to smooth out the sauce as the crust spins, now we need to put it on a conveyor and get it over to the autocheeser, and then off to the auto topper, this could be lots of fun to implement.

  7. McSquid says:

    I hate you for posting this. Now i have to order pizza, like right now… I love you for posting this.

  8. loans says:

    @edward

    the fun part is the rocket-powered delivery system.

  9. TJ says:

    @loans
    That requires a seperate machine to force-feed pepperoni to chihuahuas…

  10. vonskippy says:

    Meh – let me know when it starts with the dough and hands me a baked pizza – THATS A HACK.

    This, a single step in a multi step process – not so much.

  11. nave.notnilc says:

    needs to do toppings placement :P

  12. monkeyslayer56 says:

    @vonskippy
    i would do that but i don’t have the money to build such a thing… although if made portable it could probably pay for it self…*draws loan*…

  13. yeti says:

    Turntable Sauce machines already exist. The franchise where work (little caesars) we are basically testing them. I also believe we own the most. The company is Wunder-bar.

    Also it’s not 3 ounces of sauce. it’s more than that but not much more.

  14. darus67 says:

    Next step, a pick & place machine for putting on toppings!

  15. googfan says:

    WHERE IS THE CHEESE?

    also, way too much sauce.

  16. bluecon says:

    Thats great. Thanks for information.

    ;)

  17. Joe Larson says:

    I’m with vonskippy here. It should squirt out the dough, cook it, squirt out the sauce, layer on cheese and pepperoni, and cook it again.

    Then we get robot delivery guys and pizza hut will be rolling in the dough.

  18. Peter says:

    Why does it pause between vector changes? Seems pretty dodgy from a plotting point of view.

  19. poot says:

    By the time that POS make one pizza, a Mexican has made 10 LOL

  20. marco says:

    UHHHH!
    Im Italian…..what a orrible thing….!

  21. frollard says:

    Agreed with peter regarding the pauses – wtf. It should be capable of very smooth circles, etc – it does a loose octagon with terrible stops – and no solenoid valve to start/stop the flow during the pauses. Don’t publish your work until its not garbage.

    @ little caesars people above == 3oz is not enough for good pizza. little ceasars shouldn’t exit their pizza is so terrible. I guess selling to a price point has its limitations (selling garbage).

  22. larry says:

    @frollard, I think the purpose of publishing a work is to display what they have developed so far. I’d rather see v1.0, v1.1,v1.2,v1.3 of a design than a finished v4.0. If we aren’t here to learn then I guess we are just showing off? Then we are no better then the chest thumping jocks that plagued our high schools years ago.

  23. jproach says:

    I would hardly consider an ancient hacked printer to be food grade.. hah

  24. McSquid says:

    Seriously did anyone else order pizza after reading this? I totally did; It was awesome.

  25. sasquatchking says:

    @crazyrog17

    3oz of sauce makes for a dry pizza.

    Oh wait, you said little Caesar’s, yup that’s about right.

  26. Joost says:

    I am surprised nobody posted this much much better pizza vending machine: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-QYjZdFjV4&feature=related
    Pizza with fresh dough in 2 minutes.

  27. markii says:

    I like sauce :)

  28. fartface says:

    overkill. simply spin the dough and linear actuate from the middle out. I can do this with only a couple of logic chips and limit switches.

    Now get me a dough squirter to make the crust, then feed a stick of pepperoni into a slicer as well as a cheese dumper and you got a “print a pizza” device instead of a “squirt a goo” device that is mislabelled as a print a pizza device.

  29. M4CGYV3R says:

    dough + sauce != pizza

    this thing is half-done at best.

  30. captain says:

    Next thing you know, they’ll build a replicator…

    “Earl Grey, HOT!” — Captain Jean Luc Picard

  31. MS3FGX says:

    I don’t get this at all. What is the point if you can do it faster and better by hand? It isn’t even like this produces actual pizzas, it just completes (poorly) a single step in the process. A human still has to do the other steps manually.

    Plus, as already said, there are a number of ways to automate this much better.

  32. wdfowty says:

    @joe larson & vonskippy
    making pizza dough takes hours and a little bit of manual labor. on the other hand, it would be kind of cool to see a robot toss/stretch dough.

  33. Rollyn01 says:

    3 oz. of sauce? For a large( 14 in.) pizza?? I think I hear several Italian pie makers rolling in their graves. That’s like saying you use real shredded mozzarella on your pizza. As any true pie maker would tell you, trying to shred it breaks it up and therefore makes it unuseable for the pizza. That’s why it’s always sliced.

    Damn, now I’m hungry. Where the hell did that menu go?

  34. Zee says:

    Costco puts it’s sauce on pizzas using the “cd burning” like method someone mentioned above, it only takes a few seconds and is too much fun to watch.

    The costco by my place has a window into the kitchen specifically where they do that.

  35. I used to work at Domino’s Pizza and my store got a machine that automatically sauced pizzas for consistency. It had a rotating turntable and a spigot that would drop sauce from the outside in as it spun. yeah that would be cd burning method too.

  36. Pizza Guy says:

    making pizza dough takes hours and a little bit of manual labor. on the other hand, it would be kind of cool to see a robot toss/stretch dough.

  37. Woofpickle says:

    @Pizza Guy

    More than likely using the FDM method that everyone seems to be dead set on using for making pizza, it would end up being more of a slurry paste put down in a somewhat circular pattern while a heated platform was brought up to temperature that slowly cooked the bottom of the “pizza” so that you could transfer it to an oven.

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