Explore the science behind pancakes with PancakeTronix and PancakeBot. Participants will learn how the ingredients in pancake batter affect everything from the shape, texture, to taste of your digital printed pancakes. Using a simple matrix with varying ingredient amounts, the students will print out four designs for each batch and observe, touch, and taste the difference in the designs and recipes.
*You may use any type of milk or eggs substitute you wish but unless the experiment calls for a change, keep the same milk throughout the experiment.
From the total ingredients, you will create 5 batches with different amounts of certain ingredients.
When operating the PancakeBot, there are few precautions one must take.
Using the base recipe as a starting point, add or subtract the ingredients based on the matrix provided.
The matrix provided shows modifications to the original recipe that will be used as your base recipe. Each variation changes the chemical composition of the pancake batter and will vary the results of the final print.
Study the matrix and ask yourself what might the change to the base recipe do to the final print batter mix.
Make sure to label each batch so you don’t get them mixed up. Used the attached handout to predict the outcome and make comments about the results.
Use the stop watch to time the mixing of the batter for one minute. You can mix the batter with anything you want as long as the method is the same for all four batches.
You will now print your pancakes and make adjustments as needed to see, taste, and feel the results.
The goal of this excersise is to try to make the batter recipe the only variation in the process so you will need to follow these guidelines on all print runs. Make sure that the batter bottle is rinsed and dried between each run.
The given test file has four different designs on them, all layed out on the griddle. For printing the pancakes, use the following adjustments:
Study the designs before printing and see if you can anticipate the outcomes of each batter batch based on the design. Some things to consider are cooking time (the darker colors cook longer), line thickness, line length, warping, crispiness, and taste.
When flipping the pancakes, try to flip them all the same way, regardless if they fall apart or not.
Use the attached worksheet to document your results for each test run.
Now that you have printed your pancakes, with the given parameters, use the final worksheet to score the pancake recipes based on the parameters given.
Use the attached worksheet to document your results!