PancakeBot’s initial Kickstarter campaign broke its $50,000 goal and raised a total of $64,000 so far. The creator behind the bot, Miguel Valenzuela, first created his prototype out of Legos. Now, four years later, a new prototype made out of acrylic components was unveiled.
The PancakeBot is not your normal 3-D printer. Users fill pancake batter into the bot to be used for their creation, but this is just the beginning. Users can create a picture on their own or use one they find online – any picture will work. Once complete, a user will scan the image into the accompanying software. The imported picture will then need to be traced inside of the software and filled in as necessary.
After the user has completed their creation, all that’s left to do is hit print and PancakeBot will draw the image edited in the software onto the accompanying griddle with the batter.
The initial lines drawn, the outline of your creation, are created first. Then, the filling is created so that there is a clear, darker outline of your pancake creation. Using a vaccum and pressure system, batter flow is controlled to create stunning, 3D-printed pancake creations.
Miguel hopes to sell his creation to hotel chains and restaurants to create unique pancakes using their logo for brand exposure.
Regular consumers will also be able to buy PancakeBot for $299. The current Kickstarter campaign is still running, and donators can secure their PancakeBot for $179.
While PancakeBot caters to the regular consumer, news of one of the world’s largest 3D printers created by Oak Ridge National Laboratory is spreading. The large printer is able to print components 20 feet long, 8 feet wide and 6 feet tall. The team behind the printer has already printed kayaks using their massive printer, and hopes to create wind turbine blades and even boats in the future.