Customizable Embossing Stamp

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Customizable Embossing Stamp by someandy Aug 26, 2013

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Use your own image to make an embossing stamp.


  • prints fully assembled
  • placement guide lines on the cover
  • rad old-school flip phone styling


Open in Customizer, upload an image and check the Invert Colors box.

The Smile and Flower STLs were generated with a 1.5mm emboss height and sliced in Makerware with 0.2mm layers, 20% infill, and 3 shells.

For the colored layers, I used the z-pause feature on my printer and switched filament at 4mm.

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Thank you for this. What is the purpose of the "guide" module? I was getting funny indentations on the underside when I rendered in Openscad but when I comment out the guide module they go away and the back of the embosser becomes smooth how I wanted it. Just curious.

How did you make the logo? because I have a design & I wanna to use as a stamp for paper

How can I customize by myselft?

Looked rather large so I chose to scale it to 60% forgetting about the hinge and how the pattern would fit together, could have sworn the hinge was printed fused, but no it worked fine - nice and tight! scaling as I did gives you a smiley with a 22mm diameter (7/8th" if you're American)

Same as jamesH here, open Customizer and I get the preview on the right but on the left there is nothing. Nowhere to input a picture, no settings, nadda. Its blank. Tried on windows, google chrome, if it helps. :/

I've downloaded all the files. When I open this in OpenSCAD 2015.03-1 the preview looks fine. When I do a render, the indented side of the embosser is blank. This is with either the smile.dat or the flower.dat file. I also see the following in the render log:

ERROR: CGAL error in CGALUtils::applyBinaryOperator difference: CGAL ERROR: assertion violation! Expr: itl != it->second.end() File: /usr/include/CGAL/Nef_3/SNC_external_structure.h Line: 1106

using my own files created with the gimp plugin I get the following error when rendering (again, preview looks great):

ERROR: Alternate construction failed. CGAL error in CGAL_Nef_polyhedron3(): CGAL ERROR: assertion violation! Expr: e->incident_sface() != SFace_const_handle() File: /usr/include/CGAL/Nef_S2/SM_const_decorator.h Line: 326

I'm not sure if this is a bug in CGAL or what. I'm using Xubuntu 16.04 and installed openscad from the repositories.

there's no place to input the picture file -can't get it to work

customizer não esta funcionado

Greeting- I am a beginner and I would love to print our school logo on an embosser. Could you please give me more information on how I get our image on your design? Thank you

Customizer still does not work. Please fix it!

The customizer doesn't work at all. Please fix!

Featured item with a borked customizer

I cant see the boxes in the customizer where i can upload the image/logo etc. or do other adjustments.

I have tried in Safari and Chrome on mac. Any suggestions? This looks very nice and i would really like to make it work.

Best regards

Looks cool, but only getting half. Watching until it's fixed I guess.

It looks like the customizer did indeed stop working - I'm only getting the "positive" half of the embosser. The preview looks great in the Customizer, but then when the Thing is finished, it's missing the 'recess' into which the paper gets embossed.

Given previous comments, it sounds like it was working earlier, but stopped around mid-last year, maybe due to changes with the Customizer itself? I printed a Greyhound embosser, and that worked fine - so maybe it was created with the 'old' (i.e. 'working') version of the customizer?

I'll email Thingiverse and see if anything changed...

Apparently, the openscad script available for download still works properly once fed with the .dat file (I tried with the flower.dat), so the problem must be in the customizer...
Will it be possible to have also the script that converts new files into the .dat ones? That would override the problem with customizer.

ok I managed to "fix" the problem.
Follow this and it will work.

1) download the openscad script from this thing
2) download the script from http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:35373
3) install the script from 2, remember to put it in the correct folder and if under linux chmod +x the python script
4) choose the image/logo you want to use
5) open it in gimp, convert in grayscale, invert color and scale to 100x100px
6) export in a .dat extension
7) open the script from 1 and change the line with the path of the .dat file
8) compile, render and export!
9) slice and print :)

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openSCAD keeps crashing at "PolySet has nonplanar faces. Attempting alternate construction" when I add the image. Any ideas????


Hi, I've used this trick just a few days ago without any issues, I don't know what could affect your render....have you converted in grey scale and scaled to 100x100px?

yes. The preview looks fine but the render crashed at the same part every time.

I could not get the cutsomizer to work, but this did the trick! Thanks!

Woo hoo! Wow! +1, and thanks! Great job. I'll give it a shot!

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I am having a problem with the customizer. The imprint only embosses on one side of the device. At first it showed on both sides but now it doesn't. I tried with several different images, formats, and sizes all to no avail. Any thoughts? I would really like to get this thing working.

I have the same issue. It looks fine in the customizer itself, but when it's finished, the embossing is only on one side.

I've made a few of these. Are they meant to work on normal printer paper? They do well on thin paper, like tissue paper, but on any regular paper or thicker the embosser just doesn't make much of an imprint.

OK printed in red (dont use red it tends to ooz)
the hing dont separate good at all, may as well have hole for wire hinge.
the female half needs text/pic larger to allow for paper to be squeezed into. as is male side is too tight without paper to seat all the way.
needs tweaking.
also an option to turn object 90 degrees would be nice & maybe shorten the throat some from hinge to object so it fits on smaller printers like 4-6 inche printbase or make the 2 halfs next to each other then we could just snap the hinge together.

couple things. it makes it too big to fit on a 6x6 bed like my solidoodle2 plus when scaled down you have to save scaled STL then repair it in netfab and export to new STL b4 slicing works right. other wise looks great. will try printing it later today

I would probably make it Initials, or a visual pun on the owner's name, if possible.

I just want to say that you did an awesome job designing the hinge. It works amazingly well - smooth, strong, and no slop.

Well done sir.

Great work! The customization works perfect. I changed the size and everything works. Thank you very much. My girlfriend was impressed by the new tool :)

And this works great using Cricut Cuttlebug embosser.

Congrats on being featured!

I like this too. You could use it to personalize books by embossing the flyleaf.

Wow very cool, my little girl will love it :D