One of the coolest projects I saw at the 2012 Maker World Faire was the PancakeBot. If you’re not familiar with the project, the PancakeBot is like an additive manufacturing CNC machine that uses pancake batter. It is exactly as cool as it sounds. I am a pancake fiend, so mixing the art of making with cooking pancakes is a double win for me. The PancakeBot is the creation of Miguel Valenzuela that he developed with Lego pieces as a project inspired by his daughters. Miguel is truly sitting at the intersection of Makers and GeekDads!
The PancakeBot was such a success at the Maker World Faire that they are now working to travel to the 2013 Bay Area Maker Faire, which currently has a save-the-date set for May 18th & 19th. The catch is that Miguel and his family live in Norway, a very long and expensive journey from San Mateo, California, the host city for the Bay Area Maker Faire. To help support his effort to exhibit, Miguel has started an Indiegogo project. The project goal is $8,000 and has perk levels that include everything from a personal thank you to a visit by the PancakeBot for folks in the Bay Area around the time of Maker Faire. I am putting some of my cash behind the project. Check out the Indiegogo project page and consider contributing to help PancakeBot reach its goal!