3D printing has improved so many different products and industries. It has led to medical breakthroughs. It has simplified the process of architectural and city planning. And it has even made it simpler for entrepreneurs in a variety of industries to build and test prototypes.
And now, 3D printing is making an impact on a new type of product — 3D printed pancakes.
The PancakeBot is a 3D printer that can draw pancakes in any shape you can draw. It uses tracing software that works on both Windows and Mac computers. Once you’ve traced your design on the software, you simply save it to a memory card and plug that card into the PancakeBot. Then the machine draws out the design using pancake batter and uses low heat to bake the 3D printed pancakes.
So if you’ve always wanted to eat pancakes in the shape of Mickey Mouse, or if you want to make some heart pancakes for a loved one, PancakeBot offers an easy solution. The software even offers the option to upload an image and trace the pancake design over the top of it, or choose from a selection of pre-loaded pancake designs. And if you want to make some colorful pancakes, you can always add food coloring to the batter for your 3D printed pancakes.
PancakeBot, which is the brainchild of Miguel Valenzuela, is currently running a Kickstarter campaign . But the project has already far exceeded its $50,000 goal. Backers have pledged more than $220,000 to the project. And it’s still accepting pledges until April 10.
As the Kickstarter page points out, the PancakeBot also has some potential commercial applications for restaurants or businesses that might want to serve pancakes with logos or similar images. The page states:
“Designed to inspire, entertain, and bring out the creativity in both young and old at home, the PancakeBot is also a product with commercial durability to help your brand make a lasting impression and draw in more customers.”
The PancakeBot is slated to retail for $299. But backers can get their own for $149 until the end of the Kickstarter campaign.