THE TALE OF THE LITTLE 3D PRINTER THAT SAVED CHRISTMAS !!!!
My wife loves making Christmas cookies. While using her decorative cookie press, the poorly conceived contraption wrecked itself when the sharp metal end of the push arm cut through the plastic plunger. Sadness darkened her festive and cheery mood because now her colorful and pretty cookies couldn't get made.
Being a loving and dutiful husband, who is always looking for a reason to 3D print anything, I assessed the likely engineered short comings of the cookie press. Knowing I could do better than the devious disastrous designer who made the cookie press, I dashed off to the hardware store and bought a 20 cent stainless steel washer. I quickly pranced back home and fired up the CAD software. I engineered the new plunger with the washer embedded so the push arm would not cut through the plastic when the cookies got pressed. An hour of hot molten plastic later, and the press was pressing cookies once again !
Hallelujah !!!! Christmas has been saved by 3D Printing. And the little Christmas Elf Shawna was merrily making cookies once again...
Well, some engineer either did his job wrong... or right. Either way the part broke. I love my wife, so I made her a new part.
I included the STEP file for anyone who would like to adjust or customize to suit their needs.
1 - Broken Wilton Cookie Press Plunger
1 - 1/4" stainless steel washer. The one I bought was 16mm in diameter and 1.2mm thick, it cost me 20 cents. There is a void or opening in the plunger. Pause your printer at the correct layer height, for me this was just before layer 21, drop the washer in the void, and resume printing to print over the washer and embed it in the plunger to keep the push arm from cutting through the plastic.
Enjoy fresh made cookies!