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20 Mar, 2015 09:22

Pancake printer serves up your imagination as morning meal (VIDEO)

Pancake printer serves up your imagination as morning meal (VIDEO)

Food enthusiasts that love to focus on plate presentation are in for a yummy pancake-based treat. A new 3D printer can craft your imagination’s images into a hot griddled snack.

The possibilities of the new technology are endless, all you need is a computer, an original design and a few hungry mouths to feed. The printer will endure any of your wild imagination’s demands.

Once the design is traced on your computer, the so-called PancakeBot “prints” the image onto the griddle. The device consists of a bottle with batter, and a system that moves and squeezes it according to the design.

The pancake dream machine is an invention of an American entrepreneur who loves his breakfast. Instead of developing a money printer, he opted to print one of America's top breakfast choices – the pancake.

Valenzuela, an American who lives in Hokksund, west of Oslo, was determined to make a pancake machine from Lego for his two little daughters aged one and three at the time.

Valenzuela, who in his day job works as a civil engineer, began developing various Lego designs and printed his first pancake after just six months of development. The response was so good, that Miguel designed a more advanced version, which in 2014 was exhibited at the San Mateo Maker Faire and the White House Maker Faire.

The chef/robots are now on sale for just $179 through the Kickstarter website, which supports entrepreneurs in the IT sector. So far it has raised over $208,000 with 20 days to go. But be quick, because when it goes on sale in retail outlets in July its price will almost double to $300.