Anyone with a GF/GF-Pro that has figured out how to shallowly engrave an image onto the surface of a freshly cooked pancake?
I want to engrave a photo of my kids faces onto their pancakes, because “that email” arrived yesterday and, more importantly, because they will get a kick out of it!
Also, my wife is a primary school science teacher who does a special after school club that creates ROVs (Remote Operated Vehicles) for a regional competition. She mentioned last year that she would have liked to give the students small awards for the tremendous amount of effort they put into the competition, but the ROV construction costs and other expenses use up the minuscule funding made available by sponsors (and us personally).
The students who participate are usually poor (parents work all day for low wages) so they really can’t afford to contribute. The students do work very hard to complete their ROVs for the competition and are always very excited to do the competition. The whole project isn’t an easy task to begin with for most of them (soldering electronics, water proofing, engineering decisions and testing/iterating final designs?! They are 4th/5th graders but they make it happen!). So, maybe for this upcoming competition, or the next one, my wife will be able to reward these students for their efforts. This means I will be probably designing and making the awards = less sleep than usual. I look forward to it.
I haven’t done a pancake, but i’m going to guess you would want to go with a very high engraving speed and a very low power on your test pancake. If it doesn’t come out dark enough, you can engrave it again or increase the power a little.
Thanks for the ideas. I was thinking that might be the case.
I do have experience using a magnifying glass and the sun to burn things as a kid. I managed to burn my name into some scrap wood at the time. So, its good to know that some of those same principles will probably, with some experimentation, lead to some smiles and wow moments.
I was actually mostly toying with default settings related to proofgrade. I was a bit too excited about the laser in general to even be tracking cutting settings or anything like that. My advice, though, is that less is more, especially if you plan to eat them. A fast, light engrave tasted kind of crisped/toasted. It wasn’t bad at all, it is a flavor accent I kind of like on pancakes. Cut lines did taste burnt, though their area was small enough that it didn’t destroy the flavor of the crepe. If I was doing it again, I’d do 1000/25 with default or lower LPI, and adjust from there to taste.
Would I consider doing it again with a fresh, clean ? In a heartbeat!
Aside from pancakes, I did spend a whole day working with cookies. I figured that they wouldn’t call it a crumb tray if they didn’t want crumbs.
Tried many different types, turns out that Anna’s Thins worked best for me. Most of the others had too uneven a surface or were too tall without removing the crumb tray. The Anna’s Thins turned out pretty well and are big enough to hold a detailed logo and writing.
One interesting thing I found was that after lasering, I tried them and kept thinking I detected a “burnt” taste. But when I had others try them “blind”, they were unanimous and adamant in not tasting anything out of the ordinary. I really think it was just my imagination.
Thank you all for the very insightful feedback!
I’m thinking that just modifying the images and then making simple vectorized art will suffice. The GF should run fast and low power, so as not to cut.
The interior laser area will be cleaned of dust from any preliminary cut testing. I have this idea to put some paper over the tray and place the pancakes on top of the paper, with the idea that there would be less of a chance for contaminants to adhere to the food.
I was thinking of just using cooked pancakes, not the batter. I am not sure how that would work, selectively cooking pancake batter? The areas outside of the beam would remain batter. I wouldn’t want to clean up after that either. But I like reading about different ideas, so thank you!
Also, if you intend to stain your Proofgrade Pancakes, you should be using the Proofgrade food coloring. It’s the only one they can honor to give you accurate results, as third party coloring cannot be guaranteed.