Designed and created by artist, civil engineer and pioneer of the pancake printing machine, Miguel Valenzuela, PancakeBot™, started off as a ‘whimsical dream to make a “Pancake Machine” out of LEGO’ for his daughters. Feeling inspired after reading an article about a pancake stamping machine in Make Magazine, Miguel developed various LEGO designs, finally printing his first pancake after 6 months of trial and error.
The PancakeBot™ was revealed to the public for the first time at New York’s World Maker Faire. The public’s response was so great that Miguel made the decision to build a more advanced (less LEGO) version. In 2014, Miguel created an acrylic version of the PancakeBot™, showcasing it at both the San Mateo and White House Maker Faire. Again, inspired by the public’s response, Miguel partnered with the product innovation company, StoreBound, to create a more refined version of the product.
Together, they succeeded in funding and creating the finalised PancakeBot™, the world’s first pancake printer, allowing customers to print anything from a photo of their beloved dog to their very own face.