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Thingiverse | Draw and Print Custom Cookie Cutters

We love empowering our Thingiverse community to customize and build their own 3D objects. Today we’re debuting a new way to do just that – the Thingiverse Cookie Cutter Customizer! It allows you to draw freeform cookie cutters as a new extension of Thingiverse Customizer, the app that lets you create unique designs from a set of parameters and inputs, and then print them in 3D.

MakerBot’s Angelo Tartanian, or atartanian on Thingiverse, wanted a simpler way to create an organic interface for Thingiverse Customizer users. He turned to Paper.js, an open source vector graphics library that runs on HTML5 to create a free form canvas needed to draw cookie cutters with a mouse.

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These beautiful cat and unicorn cookie cutters were drawn using a tablet, while the gremlin below was drawn with a mouse.

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HERE’S HOW YOU DO IT:
Open in Thingiverse Customizer.
– Select your preferred wall height and thickness.
– Click “Clear” to start your image.
– Use your mouse to draw a base shape. Play around!
– If you like, add another shape inside your original shape.
– Click “Create Thing,” and wait for Customizer to build your .stl file.
– Print your cookie cutter at 0.2mm layer height and with two shells and start baking!

NOTE: If you create a shape within another shape, a grid will attach the two shapes to each other to ensure optimal cookie cutting (see the gremlin below).

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The gremlin cookie cutter took about an hour to print – it depends on which wall height and thickness you select in Thingiverse Customizer.

TRY IT OUT AND LET US KNOW WHAT YOU THINK IN COMMENTS!

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  • dipdocdan
    July 15, 2013 at 6:29 pm
     

    Nice little tool. To make it great, you’d need to be able to upload a B/W picture and have it attempt to create the path from that. If that’s too much processing, perhaps you could upload a file created by adobe illustrator or gimp (like a raster file) to take the place of the “default” path for the bunny shape.

     
 

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