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You can now 3D print pancakes: What could possibly go wrong?

3D-printed pancakes are the future.


Jaya Saxena


Published Jun 1, 2016   Updated May 26, 2021, 4:36 pm CDT

Is there an Internet rule that says if someone comes up with an amazing piece of technology, someone else will figure out how to make food with it? There should be, because that’s the only way to explain Dippin’ Dots and now this 3D pancake printer.

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After raising over $460,000 on Kickstarter, PancakeBot is now officially on the market for $300. You can either draw your own pancakes with the installed software or download designs from the manufacturer’s website. Popular designs include BB-8, the poop emoji, and Donald Trump.

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Picture your Sunday breakfast routine with this in your kitchen. You wake up to your kids jumping on the bed, demanding their traditional Sunday pancakes. You smile as you walk to your laptop. “What do you want this time?” you ask. “Elsa and Olaf!” cries your precious Paisley. Welp, PancakeBot doesn’t have those, so you’ll have to draw them. You take an hour painstakingly recreating your children’s favorite Disney characters as they grow weepy with hunger. Finally you’re done, and you wait for the finished file to transfer to the SD card.

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Meanwhile, you make the batter, which, according to one Amazon reviewer, is pretty tricky. The machine is “very finicky. The batter needs to be absolutely perfect, not too thin, not too thick and that’s after you sieve it. Yes you heard right, you HAVE to sieve the pancake batter because the smallest clump will cause a block and stop all functionality.” “Papa, where are our pancakes?” asks little Brayden, as Paisley writhes on the floor, her stomach growling.

You load your perfect batter into the machine but realize it’s only enough to make one pancake at a time. Nevermind. You’ve come too far and your children are screaming for blood. The machine sputters to life, and before you emerges Olaf. You flip him onto a plate and your children rip him to shreds. As Elsa prints, you make eggs.

OK, so maybe this isn’t the most practical home device. Still cool though. Please tweet at us if you make a Dat Boi pancake.

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*First Published: Jun 1, 2016, 6:00 pm CDT