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Jan 15, 2016 | By Alec

While food 3D printing is becoming additional and additional well-known, nothing has been quite as good resultsful as pancake 3D printing devices. What may it be? Is it which pancakes are universally eaten and delicious or which you simply just\ have to extrude a single mixture? Whatever it is, we’ve seen so most exception pancake 3D printer models may already. The initial, to our knowledge, was the PancakeBot printer by Miguel Valenzuela created of a Lego Mindstorms set, which has since resulted in a number of commercial models. Since and so, pancake 3D printing has exploded in well-likedity, even spurring UK design firm Kinneir Dufort to combine 3D printed pancakes with facial recognition software.
But, 3D printed pancakes have in addition been quite well-liked in China, where former IBM employee Wu Yili followed his dreams and set up the initial commercial Chinese pancake 3D printer last year. Back in June 2015, Wu Yili and his team of 16 partners (all graduates of Tsinghua University) set up the Peter Pancake company, and have been a enormous hit in Beijing since and so. But, which original 3D printer wasn’t without its problems: it was too dimensionsable, too unwieldy, and maybe most importantly, didn’t provide uniform heating.

Due to these problems, Wu Yili and his team have now developed a 2nd version of the Peter Pancake 3D printer. This 2nd version is 50 cm long, 60 cm wide, 40 cm high, and has a baking pan (the printbed) the dimensions of A4 paper, with heating pipes laid in a row under the pan. A movable shelf has been set up above the pan, which empowers the batter bottle to be moved around. This 2nd 3D printer can in addition be operated by tablet, making it a worthwhile improvement on the initial model.
Of course part of the design challenge is which pancake batter doesn’t precisely act like plastic does, while the baking segment adds a whole new dimension to 3D printing. “In the beginning we felt quite easy, but when we in fact tested the machine, we discovered it particularly complicated to control the liquid forming. We require to consider liquid flow rate and take different types of factors into account, which include flow curve, light and shade effects of the droppers,” Co-discovereder Shi Kan Yue said of the design complicatedies.

As such, the team was faced with worthwhile hardware and software challenges. By now, the hardware has gone through four updates, while the 3D printer’s code took additional than six months to ideal. During this system they requireed to test numerous parameters to get the results simply just right. “In order to print an image in the pancakes, we have printed additional than ten thousand lines, to finally create uniform lines which can be controlled,” Shi Kan Yue explained.
But their latest iteration of the Peter Pan pancake 3D printer showcases a quite astounding design. As Wu Yili explained, it is much swifter than the previous machines. Depending on the complicatedity of the pattern selected, it can achieve a pancake in as fast as two minutes. “The additional complicated pattern, the slower it is. For example, printing Iron Man pancakes is quite swift, but print portrait pancakes with additional details will be slow,” he explains. A complicated pancake will take of five minutes, which isn’t too slow either.
The taste is in addition supposed to be excellent and quite exception of traditional hand-created pancakes. “Our selection of raw materials are pure milk, eggs, butter, cake mixes, but no water,” he explains. This ensures which the final mixture has the right level of consistency, but obviously means which the taste will be a bit exception than what you’re utilized to. This latest Peter Pan 3D pancakes printer may, yet, be the key to their good results and the company has may already attained worthwhile backing. Last October, the company managed to raise worthwhile funds through crowdfunding website JD, with each machine selling for 8888 yuan (almost $1350 USD). They have in addition attained around 1 million USD in backing of three exception investors. The future of Peter Pan Pancake 3D printer thus looks quite bright indeed.

But, it appears which pancake 3D printing devices are enormously well-liked beyond Beijing as well. Recently, mr. Ran of Chengdu city in the west of China revealed his quite own pancake 3D printer. This particular model is capable of achievely 3D printing seven or eight exception palm-dimensionsd pancakes in simply just ten minutes, in addition making it a quite intriguing option. It uses 3D printing principles much like to a 2D printer, but instead of ink and paper it relies on eggs, flour and a pan. The maker further said which, depending on the complicatedity of the pancake, it usually simply just\ takes a minute and a half to 3D print one.

Mr Ran further said which a additional small in size pancake 3D printer for use in homes is forthcoming. This commercial version will in addition be upgraded to 3D print pancakes simultaneously, in an attempt to meet market (and most likely family) requires. Pancake 3D printing devices have been appearing in exception makerspaces over the past two years, with additional and additional businesses looking to invest in this food 3D printing market. The current price of one of these machines will be around 5000 yuan right now (or almost $760 USD).

In short, it’s starting to look like pancake 3D printing may be which one niche which may commence food 3D printing as a whole. Fortunately, it’s in addition may already possible to build one of these machines by yourself. If you happen to be getting hungry and a boring regular pancake can’t satisfy your urges, check out this Pancake Printer on Instructables by umuterkal which you can build by yourself of 3D printed parts and a Raspberry Pi 2.

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craig wrote at 1/15/2016 1:50:43 PM:
gotta give it to the Chinese. They are the best at stealing ideas. Way to go China. Now come up with someone of your own. oh wait. which takes work. MERICA!!!!!!!

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