Finally, A 3D Printer For Burritos

[Marko] created a robot that prints burritos. Truly, we’ve reached new heights as a species.

The Burritob0t is based on the ORD Hadron 3d printer with a pair of air compressor/syringe-based extruders based on the Makerbot Frostruder. All the ingredients – rice, meat, salsa, and molten cheese – will be printed onto the surface of a tortilla heated by a Makerbot heated build platform.

[Marko] has some pretty neat plans for his Burritob0t such as an iPhone app for ordering your burritos and some sort of social commentary thing using burritos. We’re assuming [Marko] hasn’t yet got this Burritob0t up and running for the lack of any action shots or demo videos. That said, there’s a wonderful Flickr gallery and an about page that covers the artistic statement behind the Burritob0t.

If you want to get your own Burritobot, [Marko] hopes to have a Kickstarter up sometime in July.

24 thoughts on “Finally, A 3D Printer For Burritos

  1. This misses an essential part of the burrito construction: the folding/rolling of the burrito. If this machine just produces flat tortillas with cheese, salsa and meat it would be more accurate to call it a quesadilla printer. Depending on setup it might also cover tacos al pastor or a ‘burrito bowl’, but a classic burrito is encapsulated in a tortilla.

    1. Molten is state of fluidity or softness after being heated. Melted is having been in said state. Once cheese has been molten, it can return to a solidified state and still be called melted.

    1. Ah, but the end folding part is secret, so secret they put a wall across the belt to hide it.

      Looks like a prototype setup that’s not quite finished. A fully automated system would have a robotic method to put the chunk of wiener/frankfurter/sausage in and would take the tortillas onto the belt right from the press.

    2. Does he have a plan for a bean extruder that can squirt out whole beans?

      A beef, pureed bean goo and cheese burrito is just wrong. The ground beef mixture could hold the baked beans together into a sort of slurry with agregate that can be pumped.

      Sort of like how concrete is pumped. A Tesla disk pump might work, big ones with wide gaps between the discs are used for concrete and other thick liquids with chunks of stuff mixed in.

      1. He should lose the dispensing syringes and puréed ingredients. Roborritos require quality ingredients!

        How about a robotic ladle mounted on an X-Y gantry to scoop out beans, carne, etc., from various trays on a steam table?

        Since it’s only making one burrito at a time, multiple passes through the tortilla flipper should be able to make a decent roll. Flip the tortilla, press it in place, fold the ends (1st pass only), flip the burrito along it’s long axis, repeat.

        Insert completed burrito into a pre-formed foil cylinder and attach to autonomous quadrotor for delivery. Should only take a weekend or two to build.

      1. OK. You are as stupid and worthless as this burrito extruder and its bullflop artistic statement. Sad that this whole “project” has gotten so far. Both resemble sacks of turds with low sperm counts and unfulfilled girlfriends.

        /pedantic dbag

  2. As an art piece it’s pretty cool. From a realistic production end, far from being ready for the real world. Take this to all the hacker cons & maker fairs – you’d get lineups for people wanting to see this & buy a few burritos. After a few hours the con would be a bit farty smelling but can’t be any worse than the greasy hair smell that already is prevalent at these events.
    Good project though.
    Here’s a real production burrito machine example.

  3. Check out some of the sushi machine videos from Japan. They are amazing.

    Of particular interest is the rate at which the “rice plug” machine produces and places rice plugs.

    And there is also a machine that rolls rolls.. Pretty neat.

  4. Food and agricultural machines are pretty awesome. So many look more like Rube Goldberg devices (if you don’t understand the reference, google it) and have lots of abilities. I live where they roll hay, and I still don’t understand how they wrap the rolls with either string or plastic wrap as reliably as they do, and auto-change for different sizes. … Agricultural engineering can be pretty awesome.

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