Der Wafflemeister 3000

der_wafflemeister3000

When people think about robots, a few different things come to mind. We like robots because they take care of tedious work. Robots are great for accomplishing tasks in hazardous environments too. When the [Chalmers Robotics Society] thinks about robots however, they think, “Breakfast!”

The CRS constructed a sweet automatic waffle cooking machine known as the Wafflemeister3000. It can produce up to 5 waffles at a time, cooking them to a nice golden brown in a little over 3 minutes. Think about that for a second – that’s about 90 waffles an hour!

This project isn’t exactly new, with the second iteration having been completed in 2007. However, since the third version features a 400% increase in production volume, we thought it was worth a mention.

Be sure to check out the video below of the Wafflemeister3000 doing its thing.

[via Neatorama]

Comments

  1. Paul says:

    Next version they can add a robot to wipe the dripping cup. If they create a robot to consume the waffles though they’ve gone too far!

  2. Mike says:

    Why do they even need a cup?

  3. Frogz says:

    holy waffle monsters batman!
    photoshop fail, you deleted the wrong pixels :P

  4. Zen says:

    This is actually an old version of the Wåffelmeister 3000.
    The last time I saw it they had added a conveyerbelt at the bottom where the waffle landed so they did not have to stick their hand in to retrieve it but it flew out onto the plate waiting.

    And yes, it gets pretty greasy after just a couple of hours use but that is hard to get around when working with automatic cooking machines that are supposed to deliver in large quantities.

    I am sure they are happy to send over a new video of the Wåffelmeister if Hackaday would want too.

  5. Hirudinea says:

    Reminds me of a Tiny Tom donut machine…

    P.S. these donuts are fantastic fresh!

  6. Gregg says:

    “He’s defective. He wants everyone to eat toast all of the time. And if you don’t want to eat something like 400 rounds of toast every HOUR, he throws a major wobbler. That’s what caused the accident in the first place. ”
    “What accident? ”
    “The accident involving me, the toaster, the waste disposal and a 14 pound lump-hammer. ”

    – Kryten & Lister

  7. 1337 says:

    why the cup? It gets filled from a spout that is always directly above it?

  8. CutThroughStuffGuy says:

    “However, since the third version features a 400% increase in production volume, we thought it was worth a mention.”

    I can imagine the discussion. “Guys – we HAVE to up waffle production! How do we do it?!?” “I know! Upgrade the Wafflemeister 3000! Quadruple the output!” “That’s genius!”

    “If they create a robot to consume the waffles though they’ve gone too far!”

    I disagree. If they invent a robot that can consume the waffles, crap them out and THEN recycle the waste into new waffles…. that’s too far.

  9. Amos says:

    I might get sick of waffles if I had this… awww, who am I kidding? You can’t get sick of waffles! They, like this machine, are made of win.

  10. yosh says:

    That’s an old video, the new one has an conveyor belt for the waffles. :) I’ve seen this wonderful machine IRL

  11. anti-fanboi says:

    @1337

    2(5) Robots 1 cup?

  12. Volfram says:

    @Paul

    I don’t see any reason to have the cup at all. Why don’t they just have the spigot pour directly onto the iron?

    (maybe one of the newer versions does.)

  13. nanomonkey says:

    The cup is probably to weigh the contents to know when to stop pouring. Calculating the flow was probably less reliable or expensive of an option for a variety of reasons.

  14. Joe says:

    Then why not a restrictive funnel? Pour the weighed contents right out the bottom… No more spooge to wipe off.

  15. Romek says:

    Here is a video of the newer version

  16. Anon says:

    Still slow as crap. Is it really that hard to up the speed on the motors a little? or ditch the inefficient robot arm and go with something cheaper, effective, and simple like a gravity fed batter dripper or something? It amazes me how the robot fad never dies.

  17. jim says:

  18. K!P says:

    a multi spout gravity fed does not increase production, the waffles still have to cook for 200 seconds.

  19. skip says:

    only 90 waffles an hour? darn, i eat around 130 waffles an hour, i thought i finally found my breakfast solution

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