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  • posted Seems like most or all of the designs shown on this website are .pbp. How do you convert them to gcode? Do you have to retrace all ot the designs?
    • Miguel Valenzuela Hi Robert, Open the files with pancake painter, then make any adjustments you need, then go to export for printing. That will Export the file as .GCode
  • posted How do you get multiple colors with the PancakeBot?
    • Miguel Valenzuela Multiple colors with the PancakeBot can be done in several ways.
      1. Have PancakeBot do the hard work and draw the lines of your pancake. Then fill in by hand with a condiment bottle filled with your favorite colors.
      2. Buy the extra bottle rack and swap out the bottles in between layers. You'll of course want to color your batter or add different ingredients to get the colors you want.
      Here is a link to the extra bottle set.
      http://www.storebound.com/storebound/pancakebot-products/pancakebot-bottles-set-of-4
  • posted Could I please get a little more information on the pressure settings, as well as the advanced settings variables. Can't seem to find any information for first time user related to these settings.
    Thanks
    • Miguel Valenzuela Hi Sue. Just posted this video on the settings. http://www.vimeo.com/pancakebot/quick-start-video
    • Miguel Valenzuela This video may help on the advanced settings.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfPUP0k1wjw
      Also, here's the new beta software.
      https://github.com/PancakeBot/PancakePainter/releases/tag/v1.2.0-Beta

      The pressure setting determines how much pressure is in the batter dispenser unit. The lower the number, the lower the pressure and this is what you would need for a batter that is rather thin. The higher the number, the higher the pressure and you use that for thicker batter.
  • posted Printed pancake lines and thin corner curling up.

    I have this problem with lines and corners curling up. At first I though it was the temperature of the griddle to hot, so I set it to middle to low. Same curling happening. Next I switch off all the ceiling fans close to my print area, same curling result. Hmmm.

    Any suggestions ?

    Thanks.
    • Miguel Valenzuela Another thing you can do is add sugar to the mix if you're using instant batter.
    • Miguel Valenzuela A couple of things you can do. first of all, did you upload the new firmware? Second, change the recipe to two tablespoons oil instead of 3. Third, get the griddle hot, then drop it to medium. The firmware update will increase the speed.
  • posted What are your print settings? I´ve done my first tests with the "hello kitty" file....

    My first prints were done with medium power on the griddle and print speed at 100%.
    It seems that the pressure wheel decides about the print quality:
    Pressure wheel < 4 makes very sharp lines, but the prints are not very continuous. They get some gaps in between.
    Pressure wheel > 5 seems to be good to fill bigger shapes. But thin lines get blurred.

    What are your experiences?
    • Miguel Valenzuela The pressure wheel determines the flow rate of the batter and is used to create thick or thin lines. There is a factor of speed also but you need to make sure you update the firmware on the bot to control the speed. Visit this link for instructions. http://www.pancakebot.com/firmware-update
  • posted printr is just printing dots - adjusting pressure doesn't seem to help
  • posted Haven't seen anything that indicates how long it takes to print and cook a pancake. Any estimates, perhaps for different sized pancakes or different settings if it changes the time a lot.
    • Judy Krassowski Sorry for the time lag (vacation and stuff)

      It takes us 3-4 minutes for a 3-4 layer (different "colors") within the design - the pancake "cooks" as each layer is dropped onto the griddle. The more simple the design, the better - work from dark to light. The most important, most time-consuming part of this very fun-for-students process is getting just the right consistency of pancake batter. That has been an absolute bear to achieve and frustration level can run high. Not too runny, not too thick - you really do need to mix your own because the air pressure is just too low (adjusted can be way too high) to deal with blobby gooey hard to bubble batter - and never, NEVER, NEVER EVER turn that batter dispenser upside down!!! Batter seeps down through the air tube and you are screwed and need to take the entire pump apart to clear out batter in the valve. WHAT A MESS!!! Our PancakeBot was purchased through a crowdfunding experiment "Change Wars" similar to "Tip Wars" that raised the money from high school art students in less than two weeks. Students behind the experiment have now graduated and we're now training a new crew. Have a supply of plates, plastic utensils and syrup on hand - once you get good batter, you'll be printing constantly so that nothing clogs up. Cheers!
    • Judy Krassowski Ditto on Tom Anderson - it's taking us 3-4 minutes per pancake based on complexity of design - we're so close to finding the right combination of pressure/batter/temperature . . .
    • Tom Anderson I found some information:
      "From here the machine drew the design in batter onto its hot skillet, a process which takes about 3 to 4 minutes." http://www.cnet.com/au/products/storebound-pancakebot/
      Then the pancake gets flipped over, probably a minute or two more?
  • posted We're having a lot of fun with the Pancakebot, but have an issue where the batter doesn't dispense initially when it starts a new line leaving gaps. Does anyone have an suggestions? Turning the pressure up seems to lead to squiggly lines and still leaves gaps at the beginning of the print. Maybe the batter is too viscous?
    • Judy Krassowski Be sure that the tiny little hole in the top (for air displacement) is clear; that needed to happen for us - I can't believe it - I teach that with clay vessels and just forgot to look at the top of the dispenser!
  • posted 3D Rotating Ferris Wheel:
    Just experimenting with some 3d pancakes, thought it would be cool to share. You can download the design from Print Designs > Miscellaneous
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  • posted I'm currently having issues with lack of pressure for my pancakebot? Anyone else experiencing this? If so, got any hints?
    • Grant Yes, if you accidentally let the batter get into the vacuum hose, it may have sucked all the way into the pump. (This is my current situation...I verified there's batter actually in my pump.) To test, I put a balloon on the end of the hose, just to see if it would inflate or deflate while printing. Nothing happened, thus I started disassembling. I would not recommend disassembly to anyone else.
      Sorry I don't have much advice, other than to check if the hoses are obstructed.