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Measuring Cups

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Measuring Cups by OogiMe Mar 1, 2015

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Set of 5 Measuring Cups : 1, 3/4 , 1/2 ,1/3, 1/4.

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For those folks who keep saying "this isn't food safe," you have to remember that some materials -are- food safe, and other materials (like PLA) can be made from food-safe versions. Of course, like folks do with wood, you can seal the PLA after printing, with a food grade sealer like...polyurethane?

https://pinshape.com/blog/3d-printing-food-safe/

It's not the design that's food-safe or not, it's the implementation/printing/finishing of the design that matters.

The worst thing that would happen with PLA untreated is that it would leak fluids (at lower in-fill), and you'd probably get all sorts of nasty bacteria living in the holes and crevices. You wouldn't want to print these with non-food-grade PLA and then sell them to someone as food-grade. But you can certainly make these work with a specific filament type, and/or a food-grade finishing step (sealing).

I would say the primary concern with printing PLA for food-safe items is that they probably would fail, massively, in the dishwasher:

http://www.nsf.org/consumer-resources/health-and-safety-tips/home-product-appliance-tips/sanitizing-dishwasher

Per the NSF, home/residential dishwashers have to get to 150°F, which is above the glass transition temperature of PLA (111-145 °F). So yes, these would soften and deform.

https://www.creativemechanisms.com/blog/learn-about-polylactic-acid-pla-prototypes

Then again, I believe there's other types of PLA that have a higher glass transition temperature, so you could probably use them in the dishwasher just fine.

Hope that helps!

Couldn't you just put the volume measurement on the tab instead of protruding from inside the cup?

but that turns it into any other ordinary measuring cup and doesn't look nearly as cool

That's true. I wonder if the creator took in account for the volume of the extruded text.

I like the concept, but it could use some tweaking. It is certainly very artistic and I like the idea if the measurements poking through...it clever.

Tweaks:

  • Instead of the letters coming straight up from the bottom put a central pillar that is hollow 9/10s the way up. (Its hollow because on the underside its one so that the caps CAN STACK. The central pillar of the one below fits into the hollow central pillar of the one above.) On top of that put you raised lettering so they are only 2.0 mm. (That should make ist easier to clean since only the top bit will need a good scrub.

  • The handles could be a bit longer to give better grip.

As far as PLA not being food safe because of holes. Well, damn, I guess my wood cutting board is crap because its not dishwasher safe like a flimsy plastic one. I guess my antique copper measuring cups are not great because they oxidize, so they need 'more care' than they ones people buy from Wal-Mart.

Some kitchen tools need more care - period. Yes these measuring cups might need more care, but they are HARDLY poisonous. PLA won't kill you...it just needs to be soaked/cleaned 'with a bit more care' between uses. If nothing else with some tweaks the PLA/ABS could be used to make molds.

I don't get it. Why is there so many people hating in the comments? Fine, it may not be food safe. Do you really have to be complete asshole about it? Don't print it out if you don't like it. Where is all the aggression coming from, if 3d printed measuring cups get your panties in a bunch it's probably time to go see a therapist. BTW, OP i like the design, although it seems a little impractical with the raised letters. Good job!

Aug 23, 2016 - Modified Aug 23, 2016
Tomsull - in reply to Freshtek

I agree, i think its a good idea, Natural PLA is made from corn,great idea for people who are into cooking and posting there ingredients online, social media.etc.. what do manufacturers seal chopping boards with??... anyway for showing measures used for your ingredients in pictures, good solution

this is a terrible idea, good luck cleaning this

Well they are a great design. Put ABS and PLA are not food safe. This plastic has a lot of holes in it (use a microscope) and bacteria breed in them. Putting these things to use in the real food world is very bad for you.

Natural PLA is made from corn, so it'd be safe, although the bacteria yes, would be epic, there isn't any reason you couldn't use a food safe sealer however.

Yeah, but the middle of the P loop would still be listeria heaven...

For sure, they'd be...iffy at best, no sealing will be perfect, and even the corn PLAs, it's gonna break down fast. But then, have you seen how many dildo designs are out there? Some people just do this stuff for the sheer joy. I do tend to think that unless you're leaving something wet in one of these, for, hours, then yes, you're asking for it. But if we're talking dump into cup, dump into bowl, I think the risks are pretty low.

Well they are a great design. Put ABS and PLA are not food safe. This plastic has a lot of holes in it (use a microscope) and bacteria breed in them. Putting these things to use in the real food world is very bad for you.

Well they are a great design. Put ABS and PLA are not food safe. This plastic has a lot of holes in it (use a microscope) and bacteria breed in them. Putting these things to use in the real food world is very bad for you.

Well they are a great design. Put ABS and PLA are not food safe. This plastic has a lot of holes in it (use a microscope) and bacteria breed in them. Putting these things to use in the real food world is very bad for you.

Well they are a great design. Put ABS and PLA are not food safe. This plastic has a lot of holes in it (use a microscope) and bacteria breed in them. Putting these things to use in the real food world is very bad for you.

Why even bother printing when you can get steel ones for 10 bucks?

However, very artistic.

Do you print these flat so the letters form the support for the top of the cups?

I think you are a genius.

USELESS

I made the smaller cup yesterday to text it. I is totally useless:

1º the letters are stupids, they bother to keep it and is totally imposible clean it. And they broken inmeditelly.

2º it is very uncomfortable to hold.

3º it haven't any hole to hung and they take up much space.

IF you want a BETTER CUP please... check my profile in more o less 1 week and I will design them.

Feb 1, 2016 - Modified Feb 1, 2016
Mafo - in reply to Mafo
Measuring Cups
by Mafo

If you want something practical, easy to clean, easy to hang, easy to stack, go to wal-mart they have a great selection. If you want creative design shut the f*@#! up.

To go along with maxfagin's points maybe try to make thm stackable for easy storage

I'd like to echo what was said in a previous comment: I like the idea, but the design needs to be improved. Not only are they hard to print (the letters break easily during support removal) but they are almost impossible to clean, even in a dishwasher. I made the 1 cup version, and eventually had to resort to using a can of compressed air to dry out the bottom of the 'P' hole. In addition, they can't be hung anywhere without drilling holes in the handles; which is doable, but again, extra effort. Consider:

1) Making the text a solid body, with raised letters only on the top few layers.

2) Filleting the bottom of the text tower so it is easier to clean, and less likely to break

3) Adding a hole to the "Oo" symbol for hanging

Put it in the dishwasher! I think it's fun!

Amazing idea and photography! This needs to be featured!

Good job!

I like this idea, but what if you made the letters solid at the base and then just a small extrusion at the top, so it would be easier to clean? Or if the extruded lettering was on the handle circling the edge? Don't let anyone tell you your ideas are not good...they just need refined... :)

why did you make this? easier for old ppl to see?

Imagine cleaning that :0

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