¡Híjole! 3D Printed Burritos. To be honest, I thought that this project was an April Fool’s joke. Perhaps it was posted as such and I’m just now seeing it. Nope, it’s for real. Marko Manriquez has developed the Burritob0t as his graduate thesis for the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. Ready your tortillas, prime the bean extruder, GO.

3D Printed Burritos

Like Marko, I am a huge fan of burritos, so I was pleasantly surprised to see this (Side note: If you’re ever in Vancouver, Canada drop by Budgie’s Burritos at Kingsway and Main… absolutely delicious.) Almost every time I discuss 3D printing, people ask about making food. So far, we have chocolate, ice tea and now, burritos. Dare I ask what’s next? Perhaps chocolate burritos?

Cooking with CAD?

Manriquez’s Burritob0t probably doesn’t improve much upon your standard Taco Bell and Supermarket fare. After all, the ingredients are deposited by a machine without much human input. However fascinating 3D printing food may seem, I don’t imagine that CAD designers will be able to pursue new careers in the culinary arts or be featured on Iron Chef. The idea of automated food-production has been around for centuries now. It may have meant that washing machines have become standard items – but not so much for cooking. Making food, especially good food has resisted the movement to complete automation because it never works. People are finicky and they receive an obscene amount of satisfaction from cooking for themselves or buying hand-made meals.

3D Printed food? I’d prefer to print the extra plates and cutlery for my BBQ with the friends before simply running a food 3D printer. Whatever your opinion, it’s 2012 and we’re 3D printing burritos! Insanity! Let me download the recipe for my favourite taco, have a bite before I jetpack my way home. good day.

Engadget has a hands-on of the Burritob0t if you would liek to see it in action.