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  • posted Pancakebot for Commercial Use
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  • posted i wanted to make a cat it was not even halfway close to a cat :/ it was a predesigned shit too
    • Miguel Valenzuela Not all predesigned stuff may come out the way it's expected. There may be variations to the drawing the user did because of batter viscosity etc. If you would like a cat, I can gladly make one for you.
  • posted Can you please post real video (and NOT polished produced video)? What would be helpful is seeing the viscosity of the batter and the printer working in real time with detail for flow from the nozzle. It is very difficult to debug or understand the reference plane of what a working printer should look like
  • posted Does it really work? Does not appear to modulate batter
    • Miguel Valenzuela Yes. It should modulate the batter.
      The pressure should vary with this.
      Drop me an email and we'll see if we can resolve this.
      pancakebot@gmail.com
    • Gary Levy I have meticulously followed the batter recipe. I can not get any design to come out reasonable. The batter tends to free flow or not come out at all. The pressure settings dont appear to make a difference. As a multidecade baker and chef it seems hard to believe that the batter consistency is that critical. Is my machine simply not functioning correctly?
  • posted I am using a mac, have had a difficult time installing the software but figured out a way around it. My problem is that when I download any design from the website, it only opens in .txt - can you please advise? I cannot open any of these designs from the pancakebot app. My students would like to use some designs and we need help.
  • 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