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Food Tool Friday: Meet PancakeBot, the World's First Pancake Printer

3D printing is getting closer and closer to becoming an everyday reality—which means revolutionary things are going to start happening for the home cook. Already there's a 3D printer that can produce edible tailored fruit and the Foodini, which can print full meals, including spaghetti and burgers. However, neither are available for purchase, and most likely won't be within reach of the average cook for years.


Not so the PancakeBot. This gadget is a 3D printer that's hooked up to your computer and a griddle. It can draw complex shapes and pictures and you can add food coloring to produce whimsical pieces of pancake art—including your own face. And it's already gone into production.Inventor Miguel Valenzuela created the original PancakeBot from LEGOS and a repurposed ketchup bottle on a whim to please his two daughters, Maia and Lily. You can check out the original version below. It's pretty ingenious.

The current iteration is a lot more high tech. Check out the explanation of how PancakeBot works in the video below.



FYI: you do need to flip the pancakes yourself, but maybe Valenzuela will join forces with the two scientists who taught a robot how to do it.

The PancakeBot has already surpassed its Kickstarter goal. As of writing, there are still some days left to the campaign, and there are all kinds of levels, but at $179, you get a PancakeBot once they're ready, although you do have to pay for shipping.

If you like the idea of PancakeBot but don't want to shell out that kind of dough, not to worry: there are multiple ways to make some pretty damn cool pancake art armed with nothing more than a griddle, a squeeze bottle, and your ingenuity. And if you're on a health kick, then you need to learn how to make these low-carb, high-protein, and gluten-free two-ingredient pancakes.


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