Slideshow: A Morning with the Donut Robot at 606 R&D in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

Fresh out of the machine
Fresh out of the machine
The doughnuts—tender inside, crisp outside, and not too sweet—are three for four dollars.
Donut Robot
Donut Robot
This is the automatic doughnut-making machine which 606 R&D's owners purchased with Kickstarter campaign funds. The machine dispenses a ring of batter into hot oil, flips the doughnut, then turns it out onto a sheet pan.
Loading the Batter
Loading the Batter
A cook loads the batter, which is prepared in-house with Dreesen's doughnut mix, into the Donut Robot.
Onto the sheet pan
Onto the sheet pan
After being fried on one side, flipped, then fried on the other, the new doughnut travels up the machine's conveyor belt.
Onto the sheet pan
Onto the sheet pan
It's flipped right onto a prepared sheet pan below.
Multiplying doughnuts
Multiplying doughnuts
As the Donut Robot cranks 'em out, the sheet pans fill up with fresh, hot doughnuts.