Have you ever thought about making 3D printed cookie cutters? Don’t worry if you haven’t. I didn’t either until someone asked me a question on the Thingiverse forum. The thing about this question was that I didn’t even know you could make them yourself at home. The idea intrigued me, and so I decided to try it out. It turns out 3D printed cookie cutters are actually pretty easy to make! The best part is that all the parts can be printed on the same or similar 3D printer and only require a few simple steps to be made.
Think about what kind of cookie cutter you’re interested in
Before you start designing your cookie cutter on the computer, think about what kind of cookie cutter you’re interested in. Maybe you’re interested in a particular shape or character from a movie or TV show. You can do a web search for 3D shapes and print one out, if it will fit within your printer bed, or you can use the shape as inspiration to create your own design. You’ll need the best 3D printer for cookie cutters.
Maybe you’re just interested in creating custom cookies for an event coming up such as a wedding or baby shower. In that case, maybe you want to print out some letters, numbers, or symbols. If this is the case for you, it might be easier to laser cut some shapes such as letters and numbers instead of printing them with a 3D printer since they are flat-ish objects.
Learn the basics of 3D printing
3D printing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file. 3D printing is achieved using additive processes, where an object is created by laying down successive layers of material.
The term “3D printing” can refer to a variety of processes in which material is joined or solidified under computer control to create a three-dimensional object, with material being added together (such as liquid molecules or powder grains being fused together). 3D printing is used in both rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing.
Objects can be of almost any shape or geometry and typically are produced using digital model data from a 3D model or another electronic data source such as an Additive Manufacturing File (AMF) file (usually in sequential layers). There are many different technologies used for 3D printing, but all are based on the same principle: a digital model is turned into a solid three-dimensional physical object by adding material layer by layer.
Find a 3D design program you like
There are a few things to consider when choosing a 3D design program. First, you want to make sure the program is easy enough to use. If you’re new to 3D design, you probably don’t want to start off with a program that requires you to code everything from scratch. The same goes for more advanced designers; if you don’t have experience with technical modeling, there’s no point in getting a program that does only that (when there are others out there that will also do it for you).
Second, it may be wise to find a free or cheap option at first. Many programs will let you download them and try the demo versions before making any commitments—this is one case where trying before buying could really help!
Finally, make sure your chosen program is compatible with your printer. Most printers come with their own software or plugin options; check out your user manual or go online and see what other users recommend. You can also ask the experts at your local MakerSpace—they might even have some tips of their own!
3D printer setup for Cookie cutters
The first thing you need to do is set your 3D printer up ready to go. You’re going to be using PLA filament as this is food safe and relatively inexpensive, so you’ll need a heated bed if at all possible. If you have a heated bed then set it up for 60 degrees Celsius for this project, if not then you can print without it but will find getting the prints off more difficult.
To get the print started, slice your STL file in Cura or other slicing software of your choosing. Most cookie cutter designs are simple enough that any brand of slicer should work fine, but one of the best options would be Simplify3D as this gives you full control over an extensive range of settings (including retraction) and allows for multiple processes. The most important settings for these models though are speed, layer height and infill pattern along with temperature if your 3D printer has different nozzle sizes available.
Set up your 3D printer with the design file
To start, set up your 3D printer with the design file you created. It’s really easy to do this step—simply drop the file onto your computer’s desktop and then drag it to the SD card in your 3D printer.
Now that you’ve done that, if you haven’t already, turn on your 3D printer and wait for it to heat up. Then open the control panel and select “Prepare” from the menu. From here, you’ll want to choose “Manual Control” and then scroll down until you find “Temperature” in the options list. This will let you set both the temperature of the filament as well as of your build plate (which should be about 60 degrees).
Finally, head back to “Prepare” and select “Change Filament.” Next, click on what type of filament you’re using from a list of available materials, like PLA or ABS. Then click on “Load Filament” so that it starts flowing through your extruder nozzle and out into an empty bucket placed underneath it before finally being absorbed by a sponge or towel (to prevent any dangerous messes).
If everything works properly during this process then congratulations! You’re ready for printing!
Clean up the cookie cutter edges and smooth any ragged surfaces with a knife or scissors.
Once everything has printed, you need to remove the cookie cutters from the printer’s build plate. A pair of needle-nose pliers and tweezers will help with this step. Clean up the cookie cutter edges and smooth any ragged surfaces with a knife or scissors.
Conclusion: Making your own cookie cutters is easy, once you get the hang of it.
When it comes to DIY, you can make your own cookie cutters (and everything else) with a 3D printer. However, you don’t need a 3D printer to make cookie cutters. You can just buy them at the store!. But, if you do have a 3D printer and want to make your own cookie cutters for some reason, it’s easy to do.
The process involves creating or downloading a model of the shape you want, printing it out of PLA plastic and then adding handles on each side by gluing them in place. It’s the same process as making any other kind of 3D-printed object. If you have access to a 3D printer, you can make cookie cutters in absolutely any shape—whether that’s one that spells out “LOVE” or one that looks like your favorite cartoon character.