When you mix 3D printing with pancake batter, the result is something special, thanks to the Peter Pancake, as pictured above from 3dprint.com!

Now, the idea of 3D printing with food isn’t new, even pancake batter has been previously used as well. However, a new invention called the Peter Pancake, is changing the pancake game.

The inventor behind the Peter Pancake is a man from China named Wu Yili. He wanted to create a better way to make pancakes, so he quit his job at IBM and worked tirelessly to pursue his invention.

Accompanied by a few classmates from Tsingua University, he began to build the machine that he calls Peter Pancake. As of late, his invention is available for use at a food chain that translates roughly to “Good Luck Food.”

The Peter Pancake resembles a desktop 3D printer; however, in place of the extruder is a container filled with pancake batter, which is then dispensed onto the griddle.

The consistency of the batter is extremely important for the Peter Pancake to work correctly. If the batter is too thin, it’ll leak out; but, if it’s too thick, it won’t come out of the nozzle.

Once the batter is perfected, it’s fed into the container, which is hooked up to the printer that’s connected to a tablet via an app. The app gives a person the creative license to select the pattern that they’d like to print.

Once the griddle is hot, the Peter Pancake starts to print the design. The pancakes are flipped manually and require a great deal of attention, so that they do not burn.

Peter Pancake

The cooking takes about 30 to 90 seconds to complete. The running rate for a 3d-printed pancake is approximately $1.60.

Yili’s invention, Peter Pancake, has been named “China’s first pancake robot” and it continues to create customized shapes and patterns that are as innovative as they are delicious!

Copyright Inventionland, 2015