This is one of the reasons why we kept moving forward with this project.
Here's the letter.
I've just kept the young man's initials for privacy sake.
I just wanted to let you know how much you have inspired me. I saw (online) your original PancakeBot a couple years ago and I thought it was amazing that you were using the same technology (NXT) as I was playing around with. Fast forward to this past summer when I happened to come across the incredible stop motion video you did with breakfast food. That again inspired me as I have enjoyed making a few stop motions.
Then this year (my senior year in high school) I had to come up with a full year engineering project to design and build. Since last year I have been very into 3D printing so I decided to go for some twist on that. I wanted to make a self-flipping PancakeBot but my teacher said he did not want me "cooking" in the robotics lab. Instead, I am creating a chocolate 3D printer. (I can't find my original drawings for the pancake machine but one idea had two heated conveyer belts with a flipper in the middle, similar to a donut machine).
Again, as I am finishing my chocolate printer I saw that you have a third version and a Kickstarter!
While I am going into college next year and a PancakeBot would be amazing to have in a dorm, I do not think I can afford it at the moment (you know, because of paying for college) but I am doing mechanical engineering and hope to make/own one one day.
Again though, thank you for making such a cool machine and sharing the iterations of the device. You have certainly inspired me that I can someday take an idea I have (like a chocolate 3D printer), create it and bring it to the market.
P.S. If you want to check out my chocolate 3D printer, here it is: chocolateprinter.blogspot.com