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An Interview with Miguel Valenzuela, Inventor, The PancakeBot
May 23, 2014
When people think of a classic breakfast dish, pancakes probably come close to, if not right at the top of the list. Just recently we discovered a twist on this classic dish—printing. Yes, that’s right, we said printing. So what if you had the ability to print unique designs, on demand, of this quintessential breakfast dish? Miguel Valenzuela does. He invented the Pancake Bot, and this is its story. The transcript of our email interview is below:
1)Tell us the story of how the PancakeBot got started. What is your background/training that allowed you to design this?
2)Are you the only one currently working on its design?
3)What is your background/training that allowed you to design this?
4)How was the reaction at the Bay Area Maker Faire?
5)How many versions of the PancakeBot have you designed and what are the key differences between them?
6)What prior knowledge, if any, would be required to use a product like the PancakeBot?
The new version uses some open source programs and you would need to have a little bit of experience with knowing how to start the program. Other than that, knowing how to make the batter is mainly what you need to know.
7)What can you tell us about the printing process with this machine and it's design (it looks like there is an electric griddle in the middle of it)?
8)What ingredients can be used to make meals with it? How long does it take to make/cook a pancake?
9)Without revealing too much (if possible) what is the short range (3-5 year) plan for your company?
10)How close is the PancakeBot to coming fully to market and how much will it cost?