Why do we love tacos so? No reason really except that they are easy to make, come in a unique shape that you can dress up colorfully and creatively, and they are absolutely delightful to chomp into and munch away on as long as the appetite holds up. So why did Masayuki Chabana decide to 3D print a replica of our favorite crunchy treat?
Well, no reason really, except that he was looking for something completely random to make for a pretty random sounding kind of contest and even for 3D printing, tacos fit into the easy to make, uniquely shaped realm, as well as being fun to put the finishing touches on. He decided to goof off a little and 3D print what he was in the mood for. For a twenty-something college student, he picked a very logical choice. And nothing gets attention going like 3D printed food–from space or earth. Edible or not.
We’ve reported on everything from 3D printed pancakes featuring selfies to 3D printed chocolate treats being used as diet rewards, but we have yet to see anything quite as … thought provoking … as the 3D printed space taco.
“I made this for a restaurant’s tile contest a while back.” said Chabana. “I just wanted to make something totally random and at the same time unique.”
A resident of Florida, the 23-year-old maker took inspiration from his love of the Family Guy television series, along with the Star Wars franchise. Okay, yes, we see the artistic mind at work here.
“I sometimes make random things out of the blue,” the engineering student told 3DPrint.com.
Using an XYZprinting da Vinci 1.0 3D printer, Chabana was able to create a fine-looking masterpiece, fit for any table and boasting some kick–a quality we’re all looking for in that little slice of Mexican food. Now, if you missed out on your Taco Tuesday dinner and beer with the boys or just want something to whet your appetite every now and then, download the file from Thingiverse, 3D print it and keep it on the shelf. If you get hungry, Chabana does not recommend taking a bite out of this one. He tried.
“We all have chewed on plastic at one point but it tastes bland without hot sauce,” deadpans the maker, who really does seem to enjoy his own humor.
While the space taco and its accompanying 3D printed friends may seem a bit silly, they are a great example of what you can do with the XYZPrinting da Vinci 1.0. They say it will ‘spark your creativity,’ and that’s certainly the case here. Just think of what you might come up with. Offering affordability and simplicity, it’s a great machine for any level and the perfect purchase for novices as well.
And to quote Chabana, we leave you with this fitting and profound statement: “I really think I should eat now.”
What are your thoughts on these creative designs? Discuss in the 3D Printed Space Taco forum thread on 3DPB.com.