Edit 6/30/2017: Don't fall to pieces - download my new stencil holder now!
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....
Edit 6/28/2017: Peace and nostalgia abound with this old-timey telephone pattern stencil:
Edit 6/26/2017: Peace out with nature, and my new leaf stencil!
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It's the weekend, at least for most people, and that means peace! Peace from your boss - unless it's this boss:
Peace from your customers, patrons, or whomever you deal with during the week. You have a day, or maybe two, where you can just peacefully co-exist with the universe. And maybe go shopping.
But what's the best thing for a peaceful, relaxing day at home, or out and about? Coffee! You need energy, and that whole calorie thing just isn't cutting it. You need something to stimulate your central nervous system in a safe, fast and effective way, so the "outdoors" doesn't seem boring to you. Excitement!
So you get some coffee, because pills are so 1990's, but then you realize: hey, I guess I want some creamer in this coffee, because I don't really like black coffee. I'm not a masochist!
So you whip out (get it? whip?) your coffee creamer, and shake, shake, shake it up, because that's what it says to do on the outside of the container. But you shake it too long, and it gets all frothy and foamy. Damn.
When you carefully pour it into the coffee, a lot of the foam just rises to the top and settles there; a light reminder that you need a spoon. Who used all the spoons?!
You dig around in your drawers, and can't find anything to stir up this damned coffee, but wait! You heard about this guy who 3D designed coffee stencils, and he's up to, like, four or five of them now. He's got hearts, and stars and smiley faces...but you grew up in the 60's, and you're feeling hippy-tastic. You need a peace symbol? I got yer peace symbol right here!
(No, really, I do! It's right here on this site!)
Now, if peace symbols just aren't doing it for you, here are links to take you away from this peaceful oasis of co-existence and love:
(Ha ha! I tricked you! Love was the FIRST THING on the list of alternatives!)
Five-Pointed Star: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2395326
Five-Petal Flower: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2396760
Smiley Face: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2400553
But if you're serious, and you want a cool peace sign on the top of your coffee, just like my dog shown in the included photos (she doesn't drink coffee, she just likes symbols printed in plastic she can sniff), this is the place for you!
Right now, if you were to open up my cutlery drawer, you'd find a nice selection of stencils. The cool thing about these stencils is that they're small enough to stack in a drawer, but you can also put them up on small hooks if you're so inclined. Just because you're into free-love doesn't mean you have to be messy...or does it? Organization!
So, yeah...download and print this stencil, let me know how it worked out for you with a comment or an official Make, click the Like button (because who doesn't like Likes?) and you can even put it into your own private Collection - even multiple Collections. Wow!
Ahh, I forgot a quote...um...let's see.... Cave Johnson from Portal:
You can also feel free to relax for up to 20 minutes in the waiting room, which is a damn sight more comfortable than the park benches most of you were sleeping on when we found you.
Peace out, dude(tte)!
Easy print, but you have to be super careful with the bridges (that's the official term!) which hold the center island (that's an official term too!) to the main stencil body (I just made that one up, but it works):
In a previous stencil that used bridges, I made them 0.6mm and they were long and slightly fragile, but I still liked them. In this one, I decided to beef up the bridges to 1.0mm thick, and they still look okay, I think. No one cares about repeating patterns, especially in a stencil.
Again, be careful, and use a print removal tool to carefully remove the entire print from the bed first - don't just do the edges and lift, as you will probably leave the center island on the bed. You've been warned.
How to Use
It's fairly simple to use a stencil, but here's a video that will show you how:
And if you're like me, and prefer text, here's some text I wrote for a previous stencil:
1) Put coffee in vessel
2) Shake up your creamer a lot, so it's bubbly
3) Pour creamer over coffee slowly, so it stays at the top
4) Leave very little "headroom" at the top - maybe 1/4" or less?
5) Place stencil over the top of the vessel
6) Lightly sprinkle the powder of your choice over the top of the stencil
I like to make sure I sprinkle over the entire stencil, that way I know I'm getting into all the nooks and crannies.
Fusion 360 and Simplify3D
Fusion 360 is awesome and, because it's a cloud-based service, they keep improving it, updating it super regularly. My favorite part about Fusion 360 is the ability to save a clean template, and copying it into new named folders, so I can keep making new stencils without reinventing the stencil from scratch. Neat, eh?
I also like the fact that Fusion 360 is cloud-based, and stores all of my stuff safely in the cloud, with revisions, and the parametric design steps. It's pretty awesome.
As always, I rely heavily on Simplify3D for my slicing and printing awesomeness, and I transfer my x3g files over to a Toshiba AirPrint via WiFi sitting in my printer. Science!