Snowflake Cutter

by mathgrrl, published

Snowflake Cutter by mathgrrl Nov 30, 2014

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Have you ever folded up a piece of paper and cut a snowflake out of it? This is the 3D-printing version!

Press the "Open in Customizer" button to draw a wedge of your own unique pattern, which will then be mirrored and rotated to make a snowflake ready for downloading and printing. See the green triangle illustrations in the gallery for examples of where to draw in the square to make your snowflake pattern.

Please post a "make" if you create your own snowflake! Every one will be different and it will be great to see what they look like.

Read more about this design at Hacktastic:

SNOWFLAKE UPDATE 2015: This year you can create algorithmically-grown snowflakes from a random seed and use sliding parameters to control the style and form of the design of the snowflakes, at http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1159436


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  • Press Customizer button.

  • Set size, thickness, and whether or not you want a loop to be included.

  • Press the "Cut" tab.

  • Scroll down and press "Clear" to clear the design.

  • Draw in the Customizer box to make your pattern. The part you draw between "12 o'clock" and "1 o'clock" is what will be used to make the snowflake. For example, see the green triangle in the gallery pictures; the triangle isn't shown in the Customizer so you will have to imagine it when you make your drawing.

  • Save and download your design.

  • Print with no raft at whatever layer height you prefer. Works well on .3mm/low setting.

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I cannot figure out for the life of me how to manipulate your image. I understand about the "green triangle" being a reference for the area to work in. I simply cannot figure out how to draw. Do I drag the image you've got there some how? Advice please?

Sorry, it's hidden but under the drawing screen, if you scroll down you can hit "Clear" and then you'll be able to draw your own shape. You should be able to just click and drag to trace out curves to make a shape. When you let go of the mouse from drawing, it will close up your shape. You can then make an additional shape inside your already-drawn shape, or you can make a shape outside of it. Let me know if that doesn't work!

Is the "green triangle" supposed to show on the Cut screen when you are designing? If not, that would greatly help when you lay out the pattern to make sure your design is inside the cut area...

Otherwise, it's a great snowflake generator.

Alas, no, it is just something I added to the picture to illustrate what you should do. I don't think there is a way to add something like that to the Customizer, but agreed that it would be great if there were!

This is very cool, but it is hard to make attractive snowflakes without disconnected parts in Customizer.

One way to make sure your parts are connected is to keep your drawn shape inside the "green triangle" shape I added to the pictures in the gallery. Or at least don't extend over the left side of it, so that your design ends up with a strong spoke up from the axis to the top of the box; that will make six strong spokes after rotation.