Up Your Breakfast Game With a Pancake Printer

Rebecca OConnell

Anyone can make Mickey Mouse or heart shaped pancakes, but what about the Eiffel Tower?

PancakeBot is a new Kickstarter project that combines 3D printing with breakfast. Using a computer program, you can trace any design you want and print out an edible version.

After loading an SD card with your designs, the PancakeBot uses a combination of compressed air and a vacuum to print designs onto the attached griddle. All you have to do is make the batter; the machine takes care of the rest. If you want to fiddle with the design mid-production, there are onboard controls to let you make adjustments.

Creator Miguel Valenzuela originally made the PancakeBot for his children using LEGO pieces. He got the idea when reading about a similar LEGO-based machine that stamped logos onto pancakes. After six months in development, Valenzuela unveiled his invention at the World Maker Faire in New York. There was so much interest in the gadget that the creator went on to make a more advanced model made from acrylic pieces.

Now partnered with StoreBound, Valenzuela wants to bring his tasty invention into your kitchen. The Kickstarter has already met its goal of $50,000. You can get in on the action here.