Sometimes along comes a machine so simple yet so alluring in what it does and how it achieves its aim that you just want one. Doesn’t matter what it does or indeed whether ownership is a practical proposition, you wish you could have one in your possession.
What machine could trigger this reaction, you ask? [Robbie Van Der Walt] and [Christiaan Harmse] have the answer, their machine performs the simple but important task of cooking an endless pancake. A hopper dispenses a layer of pancake batter onto a slowly rotating heated roller that cooks the ribbon of pancake on one side, before it is transferred to another roller that cooks the other side. It seems simple enough yet the simplicity must hide a huge amount of product refinement and probably many miles of lost pancake. Pancakes it seems are a traditional South African delicacy, evidently they must have king-sized appetites to satisfy.
In the video below (Afrikaans, English subtitles) they make an attempt at a world record for the longest ever pancake, though sadly they don’t seem to appear in a Guinness World Records search so perhaps they didn’t achieve it. Still, their machine is a work of art, and we applaud it.
We know the Hackaday readership is fond of pancakes, because you keep producing pancake-related hacks. We’ve seen a bevvy of CNC pancake batter printers including this one made from Lego, this competition winner made in under 24 hours, and a printer with an emphasis on pancake art. Finally, this robotic pancake toss deserves a mention. Please, keep ’em coming!
Our thanks to [Rogan Dawes] for the tip.