Critical Design

Making of “Robutter”

We attached a container full of cream to the robot using a piece of wood and a tension belt. Then we programmed a custom-made motion sequence to shake the container for 10 to 15 minutes.

︎︎ Container with coloured cream

By finding the right amount of horizontal rotation and vertical movement to separate the buttermilk from the butter, we were able to make the butter creamy and delicate.
Robutter is now wrung out, nicely packaged and ready to be enjoyed.

︎︎ Packaging of robutter.

But why?

Robutter is not intended as a commercial product. It was a two-day experiment which explores the line between handcraft and industrial production. Does the fact that we used a robot to automate a certain task take away or add value to the product? Can you take a machine intended for mass production and use it to make a limited-edition product?

Idea & Production: Stephan Bogner, Philipp Schmitt, Jonas Voigt, Moritz Wagner
Packaging: Jonas Voigt
Video: Jonas Voigt (Fujifilm X100s)
Robot Programming: Moritz Wagner Butter Whipping: Dirk (Fanuc 200iC/5H)

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