A technology company founded by seven graduates of Tsinghua University recently introduced their design for 3D pancake printers, we can only assume that this will be the next great startup success story in China.
The company’s leader Wang Xin said that he was inspired by recent advances in 3D printing technology and a friend who made some extra money selling pancakes. He decided to combine food and tech and wrote the software for the program himself in just three days last year.
The actual design of the body of the printer ended up being a bit more tricky. The first trial ended up being too bulky, and it wasn’t until July that they were able to settle upon a design they liked. It cost 3,000RMB to produce.
Last month, Wang brought his machine to a food festival and sold customized pancakes for 10RMB a piece, selling 47 of them.
Earlier this year, the PancakeBot, “the world’s first pancake printer,” was posted on Kickstarter where it ended up raising $460,584 USD from 2,074 backers after a starting goal of just $50,000.
Look out Wang Jianlin! Wang Xin is coming for you!
[Images via Tencent]