Salt/Pepper Pig

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Salt/Pepper Pig by Zh4x0r Sep 3, 2010

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This is a 3d Printable pig, with a large void inside for salt or pepper, and holes in the pigs nostrils to pour.

I designed it on a whim, when I was getting ready to get my MakerBot.

However, The part did make it into the NYTimes!!! http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/05/nyregion/05about.html !!!!!!!

Thanks so much to the people who printed this before I ever had a chance to!!!


There is now a V2 of the pig, all files have been updated! The tail of the pig is now the filling plug!

There's now a V3 of the pig! no more toes lol, and the feet have holes in them so that you can push sugru in and it'll hold really well :-)

This little piggie's famous!
Pig gets feet!
Look in the bag of toys behind the Cylon Santa!

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Although I have this listed as creative-commons attribution share-alike, I am willing to grant individuals or buisnisses the rights to sell prints of it for a small fee, so long as they contact me BEFORE doing so.


Print both pig.stl and pigtail.stl, and fill the pig with salt, the pigtail then gets screwed in to the back of the pig to plug the hole!

You may need to drill out the holes in the nose in order for salt to pour :-)

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going to print this one today (no matter if its food safe or not, i'm not a chicken )

but you should consider making one with 3 holes in the nose for salt and a single hole for peber.

maybe some text along the spine that says what it is inside

I just printed one in black and one in white. I find that the holes in the nose usually get plugged with overhanging filament during printing, so usually have to drill them out, and when I do, I make the salt holes a bit bigger.

please dont use this as an actual salt pepper shaker. PLA and ABS are not food safe!

where the heck did you hear that? ABS is one of the most common materials for plastic foodware, and PLA is used in basically all of the "Biodegradable" disposeable foodware.

Additionally, ABS is what is used for LEGO, and is used for that specifically so it will not harm children who accidentally eat it.

In certain scenarios, the extruder of a printer may add toxic compounds (if a bronze nozzle is used, as bronze contains lead). However, the extruder I have built for my printer is food safe, using food-grade brass and stainless steel for all parts in contact with the plastic.

Nov 6, 2014 - Modified Nov 6, 2014
random11 - in reply to Zh4x0r

I should have been more clear. ABS and PLA used for FDM printing like makerbots are not food safe. Makerbots own website says it's plastics are not food safe. And unless it's blatantly stated then it's not food safe.

Also there is a big difference between non toxic, biodegradable and food safe. The only plastic I have seen that claims to be food safe is T-Glass. (Edit: again I'm talking about plastics used as filament for FDM style printers)

There may be a PLA or ABS filament manufacturer who makes food safe ABS and PLA but I have yet to find one. If you do please let me know.

Good point. That said, when holding dry powders, the materials in the container have much less impact. Also, after having gone through engineering school for industrial and manufacturing engineering, and toured several assembly lines and factories making "food safe" containers and plastics, I really can't bring myself to worry at all about the safety of the printed parts.

In the extruder on my printer, the plastic passes through a medical grade teflon bowden tube, into a stainless steel heat break (seasoned with veggie oil to reduce stickage) and finally through a high grade brass (copper zinc) nozzle. After the many hundreds of hours of printing, I am confident no machining residue remains.All that put together, I feel plenty safe using my printer making things that hold food.

Based on my estimations, the safety of products made on my printer (and most if not all other consumer grade printers) is relatively high. Very significantly higher than say, drinking from a pewter beer stein bought at a garage sale.

Today's society obsesses too heavily on many things like this. when they state it isn't food safe, it's less about it being food safe, and more about them covering their asses. similarly, we see "caution, Hot" on all disposeable coffee cups. not because the contents are indeed hot, but because some idiot got hurt and sued them.

in which program do you make this pig?

The original designs for this were drawn up in Autodesk Inventor.

Large printout of this pig: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4w9Lat4a_B4http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

7.5 inches by 5.5 inches. It took 62 hours at .25mm resolution on my BFB3000 in black ABS.

I Makerbotted your pigs.... tough build if you make it huge but nice...


Cute! Thanks for the model :-) I printed this full size, and for some reason the top half came out all funky. It just sort of disintegrated above the snout. Then I made is scaled down to .6 and it came out great. I'll add pics later. Would love to hear others' thoughts on how to make the larger scale work; what I might have done wrong. I am new to my Thing-o-matic, so I may not have the settings right.

i think it's great :)

Im a bit concerned that the first layer of the hole in its belly is off the ground, but I'm going to try printing it. I'll get back to you

I printed it at about 75% of the original size today and it worked fine. I'll try it full size soon

The new version of the design puts the belly on the ground, as well as changing the location of the filling hole, and it works great!!

Thanks a ton for testing this!!! if needed, I can modify the design a bit so that everything at the bottom touches the ground... It's a bit blocky since i'm using Autodesk Inventor, which is much better suited to industrial design than organic forms...