Lego Robot Designs Cool Pancake Shapes, Impresses Not Only Kids
By Elizabeth Fish
PCWorldJul 1, 2011 10:19 am PDT
You know what’s potentially on a par with–or even cooler than–Lego bricks? Pancakes. The fluffier, the better. (OK, you might be able to make an argument for bacon, but that’s another story.) So a Lego robot that can make pancakes in all sorts of shapes is pretty awesome, wouldn’t you agree?
Pancake Bot (PB) by “Mexican Viking” is centered around a three-axis Computer Numerical Control, with the Z-axis acting as the pancake mix dispenser. The dispenser? Two empty ketchup bottles. Atop the PB is a track that carries the ketchup-bottle-dispenser above the griddle. PB’s actions are controlled using Python NXT, a scripting language specifically for Lego NXT projects.
The supports for the track are covered with aluminum foil to protect them and keep them from melting.
Pancake Bot still isn’t yet finished, but all the basic functions are there. Get the instructions on how to build PB on Mexican Viking’s blog, or watch it in action below.