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  • posted Hi. Am using PancakePainter v1.04 on a Windows 7 PC with PancakeBot 2.0. Have imported image I want to print and it looks fine with a dark outline, etc. But when I export for printing the dark outline (an other areas) becomes light while the light areas become dark. Therefore when pancake prints there is not an outline that contains the rest of the batter as prints; outline prints last so windup with blobby edges. I have tried re-importing (I tried both leaving default edge setting and toggling to dark outline) and exporting (tried resetting to default export settings), but still get same export results no matter changes made. Suggestions?
  • posted hi, if i try to instal the software i get every time a setup error, some one has expirience this to ? and does somebody know how to fix this ?
  • posted I have downloaded the software to my PC. And saved files to print via .pbp but nothing. My Bot is not reading anything on the SD card. What am I missing?
    • Miguel Valenzuela The PancakeBot does not read .pbp files. The PancakeBot reads .GCODE files. This is described in the Quick Start Video here.
      You will want to open the .pbp file in the Pancake Painter software and then export the .GCODE file. The reason for the difference is the Pancake Painter Software exports files according to different settings (timing etc.).
      As a reminder, this forum is for the community and is not managed by StoreBound. As the inventor, I occasionally come on and answer some questions but if you have issues, please email
  • posted Is anyone seeing responses from Storebound? I've been emailing them and posting in the hardware section since Sept 30 and have heard nothing I'm starting to think there's no one around to help with replacement hardware.
    • Miguel Valenzuela Hi Tim, the forum is currently not being managed by StoreBound`s support team. I have made them aware of this issue and hope that this can be rectified. In the mean time, use and if you do not here from them, check your spam filter or email me at
      Thank You,
      Miguel Valenzuela
      Inventor of PancakeBot
    • Thomas_U sorry - not during the last half year, maybe never ever...

      I have never used my PB yet as there are so many open questions here.

      Lots of great words on the "about us"-page <> but total silence here. Sad!
  • posted We are having troubles running pancake bot on the school's Microsoft (AD) network. We've had to load the installer in the public desktop folder on each computer to be used by students, then have each student install the software which is then associated only with that user on that particular computer. Has anyone else had this issue? I would appreciate any suggestions to resolve this problem.
    • Shelly Siebels We're having the same issue. I was able to open the program from a network drive, however, the controls and menu are missing. Any info is appreciated.
    • Miguel Valenzuela Hi Lisa, I am sorry to hear this. Have you been able to resolve this issue at this point?
      If you can, please add this to the issues forum at so we can add this to our list of things to do on the next version update. If you cannot add this, let me know and I will add it.
      Thank you,
      Miguel Valenzuela
      Inventor of PancakeBot
  • posted When I use the auto tracer and get the image settings just right, I hit File Export for printing. A popup window comes up behind the tracer program - i can't get the tracer program with my image to go away to select the options and ultimately save the image to the card. Any ideas??
  • posted Has anyone tried Inkscape's gcode plugin? This would be a good way to bypass pancake painter for a professional vector editing program.
    • Miguel Valenzuela Hi Kevin, I haven`t but being that Inkscape is Open Source, maybe we can do a fork and add this as an extension on Github? The PancakePainter software is very basic indeed but for more advanced users, Inkscape would work great.
      The only thing you really have to do is use M106 and M107 GCode commands for turning the dispenser on or off.
      Inventor of PancakeBot
  • posted Why won't the designs download as the .gcode and only as .txt?
    • Miguel Valenzuela This seems to be an issue with users that have created the GCODE files on a mac where the extension is hidden but I am not totally sure of that. I assume this is from the PancakeBot design forum?
    • David Bourne I found I needed to use the Terminal (Mac) and the mv command to rename the files. For example,
      mv filename.pbp.txt filename.pbp
      The file can be opened as a project in PancakePainter and saved for printing as a gcode file
  • posted On Mac OS I cannot get the software to work. It keeps saying the software has been damaged. Is there anything I need to do to fix whatever is wrong here? Your help and advise is much appreciated.
  • posted How do you clear the cache on the machine? I keep trying to print new designs but it will only print 1 design. I have deleted everything on the chip. I have tried entirely new SD cards with completely new designs, but nothing seems to work. It keep printing the same design over and over no matter what file I select.