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Coffee Stencil - Five-Petal Flower - New Style

by amarand, published

Coffee Stencil - Five-Petal Flower - New Style by amarand Jun 21, 2017

Summary

Edit 7/5/2017: Stencil Update! I've uploaded the new version of the stencil, with a resized opening, sturdy handles, and an identification icon on the handle itself! I'm also keeping the original file just in case some people don't like handles that stay on, and icons for easy identification!

Old: Flower_Five_90mm_Starbucks_16oz_v3.stl
New: NEW_Flower_Five_90mm_Starbucks_16oz_v2.stl

Edit 6/30/2017: Something-something flower pun, download the stencil holder here!

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2412238

Edit 6/29/2017: I've created a new stencil of a butterfly, with a new handle design! All new stencils going forward will have this improved design, and I will retrofit all previous stencils shortly....

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2410534

Edit 6/28/2017: Dial your friends from the 60s, Flower Child, with this phone stencil:

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2409377

Edit 6/26/2017: A perfect pair with this flower stencil? A new leaf stencil!

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2405021

Edit 6/24/2017: Another stencil? The Dude abides!

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2402130

Edit 6/23/2017: Caffeine and flowers go great together, and my new smiley face stencil is yet another way to put a smile on your face (and coffee in your belly!):

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2400553

Edit 6/21/2017: Lucy, my Shih Tzu (bless you!) wants me to remind you that she's pretty, and is the cute puppy modeling the stencil today. She's asked for future gigs - we'll see. I don't want it going to her head! Oh, and here's a picture of Lucy being extra cute and dolled-up:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/theamarand/4758120065

--End of Edits--

Oh, the humanity!

Wait, no, a flaming crashing German passenger airship has nothing whatsoever to do with this pretty Thing. Nothing at all! The Hindenburg may have been a disaster, but this five-petal flower coffee stencil is anything but.... If you are here for the Hindenburg, here's a link (please come back after you've read all about this historical event!):

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hindenburg_disaster

So I started with a heart, because a lot of people like hearts. Then I realized people also enjoy five-pointed stars, because of patriotism and, well, stars are cool. Then, I had a whole bunch of ideas flood into my head, but my favorite was the flower. Finding a design that is simple enough was challenging, but a five-petal flower gives you just enough detail to know it's a flower, without being too detailed. It is, after all, for dusting powder onto the top surface of a beverage (or something else, if you're feeling creative). Too little detail, and people are going to say "what's that?!" and with too much detail, people are going to say "is it a...blob?" Why yes, yes it is.

As mentioned, there's a heart and a star. If you're all like "flowers suck!" then here are the other stencils for your flower-hating beverage enjoyment:

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2393694
https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2395326

It's interesting to see which of these stencils is becoming more popular. Obviously, people love hearts. They're curvy and pointy, just like love! Stars are cool too, but they're 100% pointy and stabby. Flowers, on the other hand, are extra curvy. So we'll see how this compares to other shapes.

This design works great with a lot of different travel cups and mugs. Ideally, your vessel is smaller than 90mm, but not too small. If you find that you need a larger or smaller opening, and/or a stencil opening to accommodate the different size, just let me know! I know that I give a decent margin around the outside of the stencil, so you could probably go almost down to the size of the stencil opening, just don't forget to leave a margin for white-space.

The quickest way to get an official, different sized, different shaped stencil is just to leave comments on this Thing. For a collaborative effort, go ahead and download the Thing that's closest to what you need, print it out (it shouldn't take too long), and then post an I Made One here on the site, associated with the correct Thing. Then we can share pictures and comments, figuring out the size of your cup opening, the depth needed (sometimes, if cups are more curvy, they need a taller stencil lip), and even maybe a sketch of a unique stencil you'd like me to create! If you want your username in the final version, I can do that, for sure, for a little bit of collaboration credit. I'll probably mention you right here in the Summary too, because why not?

Other than that, it's super easy to use. Just go to the Post-Printing section below, where you'll find a YouTube video that'll get you started!

If you think life is hard, think about a bird, building a nest, with no opposable thumbs - just it's beak and talons:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/theamarand/17937326245/

Yup, that's a much harder life!

Feel free to post comments, share your makes with the I Made One facility here, and maybe even a remix? I like remixes.

Print Settings

Printer Brand:

FlashForge

Printer:

Creator Pro

Rafts:

No

Supports:

No

Resolution:

Medium

Infill:

30%


Notes:

Easy printing, just make sure the bed is extra-level, and not shimmying around, because, as mentioned earlier, the "connector" lines are very thin (0.6mm) and fragile (by design). Once again, please take extra care in removing this part from the bed. I know it's not a real disaster like this:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hindenburg_disaster#/media/File:Hindenburg_disaster.jpg

...but having your flower center mistakenly broken off can be sad:

Post-Printing

How to Use

The art of coffee stenciling dates back to...wait, no, you don't care about that. What you do care about is how to actually do it. Here's a video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8ugnBwyCgk

This stencil requires very little clean-up if you're lucky and leveled.

Please be careful when removing this print from the bed. The 0.6mm "connectors" that hold the flower-center connected are very thin by design. Try to be careful to use your removal tool along these lines, and try to remove the flower-center along with the rest of the piece. I suspect, if you pull the outside too hard, with the center still attached, it'll probably break off. If you're going for a centerless-flower, congratulations, you now have a centerless flower! Otherwise, just reprint, and be more careful next time.

How I Designed This

Fusion 360 and Simplify3D

It's great that I can just take my original stencil base, remove the stencil opening, and create a "CLEAN" version that I can then use to design new stencils. It's very easy to do, and even easier once I have the "clean" version ready to go.

If you have an SVG file, and want me to make and share a custom stencil, you can send me a URL to the SVG file, send me a private message, comment here...whatever works. I can also convert most images from a raster file into a vector file, but if it's not a simple, clean design, and it takes too much work, I'll probably say yes, but never get around to it. You've seen what works in the stencils I've designed so far. Don't send me this picture and think it's going to work out (protip: it won't):

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0852863/mediaviewer/rm3873103616

Keep it simple, and you'll have a custom stencil in no time!

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