The Snowflake Machine uses random numbers, mathematical algorithms, computer code, and SCIENCE to create well over a billion unique and beautiful snowflakes.
But all you have to do is click a button! Press "Open in Customizer" to get started. See the Snowflake Machine post on Hacktastic for instructions and design tips.
If you 3D print a snowflake from this model, please take a photo of your print and then click the "I Made One" button to upload your picture, so we can all see it!
Don't have a printer, or want something fancy?
Custom snowflake ornaments made with the Snowflake Machine are now available at the geekhaus Shapeways store:
UPDATE: UrbanAtWork made a great video of the Snowflake Machine in action in OpenSCAD: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coWbcSe4t7M&feature=youtu.be
Here's what to do:
- Press "Open in Customizer"
- Choose seed and style settings (see our Hacktastic post for tips)
- Click "Create Thing"
- Wait 2-3 minutes for the magic of creation to take place
- Go to your list of Things and reload it until your new snowflake appears
- Download, 3D print, enjoy, take a picture, post a Make
- At this point there will still be over a billion more snowflakes to make, so keep going
If you want snowflake designs that have already been test-printed, try the demo models in the Download section:
- The "micro_flake" models are about 15mm in diameter and 1mm thick. These are designed for printing with a smaller-diameter nozzle such as the .25mm nozzle that comes with the Ultimaker Olsson block.
- The "tiny_flake" models are about 25mm in diameter, 2mm thick, and have loops for hanging as ornaments.
- The "small_flake" models are about 50mm in diameter, 2mm thick, and have loops for hanging as ornaments.
- The "medium_flake" models are about 100mm in diameter and 1mm thick.
- The "large_flake" models are about 220mm in diameter, 1mm thick, and really huge! You'll need a large build platform to print these flakes, which were designed to max out the large build area on an Ultimaker 2.
Hacktastic blog: www.mathgrrl.com/hacktastic
Shapeways geekhaus store: www.shapeways.com/shops/mathgrrl
This design has a Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike license, which means that you can print, remix, and use this model with design credit to mathgrrl, but if you want to sell something then you should ask first, at email@example.com.