[52 Skillz] didn’t know anything about building robots. So he decided to not just read about it or make a simple robot. He jumped right in and wanted to build a robot that could make a cake. It took about a year and a half but it now — mostly — works, as you can see in the video below.
Granted it isn’t perfect and it isn’t really all that practical. But as a learning exercise, it was certainly ambitious and successful. Apparently, you still have to scrape the bowl a little by hand to get some of the flour off the bowl walls. Also, loading the ingredients might be more work than just making it by hand, but that really isn’t the point.
As far as we can tell, there aren’t any specific plans provided to duplicate the robot. But we didn’t think that was such a bad thing. You wouldn’t be making one to actually produce cake. And if you just copy the existing design, you’ll miss out on the process of learning, which is described in detail in the video. If you do want to go down the same path, be warned that [52 Skillz] estimates he put in about 300 hours of effort.
However, it is fun to watch all the mechanisms employed to do the work. It is almost like a Rube Goldberg machine, but a little higher tech.
If we had a cake bot, we think it would only be fair to add electronics to the finished products. Then again, you could skip the cake and go to full virtual reality. Well. Perhaps not full, but certainly low calorie.