Breakfast in bed? How about an elaborately designed breakfast instead?
Tuesday, March 3 is the 10th anniversary of National Pancake Day and to celebrate, IHOP restaurants across the country are giving away free short stacks of their renowned buttermilk pancakes.
Like they say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So, shouldn’t you start it off right? Why have a boring bowl of cereal or an Eggo waffle when you could have customized pancakes that would impress the likes of the Yoda, Stan Lee or even President Obama himself? Norway-based breakfast food enthusiast and Maker Miguel Valenzuela has done just that using his open-source PancakeBot.
As previously featured on Bits & Pieces, the latest iteration of the machine is comprised of an acrylic body packed with Adafruit motor shields, an Arduino Mega (ATmega1280), two stepper motors, a pair of belt drives and a vacuum pump. The improved PancakeBot could be programmed to whip up any elaborate design, whether that’s a rocket ship, a Spider Man mask, the Maker Faire robot, or a self-portrait. The printer simply squirts batter onto a hotplate so that, once the pancakes are done extruding, they’re ready to eat.
“PancakeBot is meant to inspire kids to get into technology and learn about programming, and also learn about food manufacturing. That way they have something to eat, right after it’s done. It’s an instant gratification robot,” Valenzuela adds.
Now, the Maker has developed a new version of the printer and has partnered with StoreBound to bring PancakeBot to kitchens throughout the world via Kickstarter. In the meantime, to commemorate the special occasion, we’ve decided to compile some of our favorite 3D-printed flapjacks below.
Boba Fett’s Helmet
NASA Orion Spaceship