A #throwback post to before winter break. We (The Tech Department) wanted to challenge ourselves to make something with the 3D printer in the Makerspace. With winter break coming we decided to all design a cookie cutter in Tinkercad (A free tool that allows you to make 3D designs for printing) or Cookie Caster (a site specifically for designing your own cookie cutters) and then make cookies.
To give an idea of the process for 3D printing, after you use a 3D design tool like those listed above, you generate a .stl file that can be sent to a 3D printer. Here is an example of what the final design that is sent to the printer looks like:
In our case, we currently use a NVBot 3D printer. Here it is in action printing all of our cookie cutters.
A picture of a 3D printed Cookie Cutter in action:
Once the cookies were baked we invited the Pike Community to come up to the Tech Department Office to sample our selection. We really had fun with this challenge and thank everyone for helping us eat the results (see pictures below that include Pike Positron cookies, Android Bot cookies, iPad cookies and Yoda cookies). If anyone is looking for ideas to use the 3D printer with students or for classroom materials please reach out to us.