The Manhattan Project mechanical cocktail maker

Date:14 August 2014 Tags:, , , ,

Built at Autodesk’s Pier 9 warehouse in San Francisco, Ben Cowden’s hand-cranked sculpture makes a classic cocktail. Turn the handle and the gears engage, smoothly measuring, pouring and mixing just the right amount of bourbon, vermouth and bitters to create a perfect Manhattan.

“I made it purely mechanical instead of using microcontrollers because I like people to see how it works,” says Cowden.

He used a computer-controlled Omax waterjet cutter to mill the metal parts and an Objet 3D printer for the plastic components. When the bell chimes, your drink is ready.

See for yourself in this video…

For more innovative projects tackled at Pier 9, get your hands on PM’s September 2014 issue (on sale 18 August).