Dr. Who Cookie Cutters: First Light!

Dr. Who and Tux Cookies
Dr. Who and Tux Cookies

The chefs produced fine cookies from those fine Thing-O-Matic objects.

Although the economic argument for producing custom cookie cutters may not be persuasive, the fact that you (well, I) can produce custom widgets certainly is. Most of the things I build and repair don’t require great mechanical strength or finicky dimensional precision, so a DIY 3D printer is exactly the right hammer for the job.

Now, if only I had a laser cutter

6 thoughts on “Dr. Who Cookie Cutters: First Light!

  1. So that’s where all those Daleks that the Doctor has to battle come from….

    I see far more Daleks than Tuxes. If those numbers are an indication of the outcome of the battle between good and evil, I better start brushing up on my Dalek.

    (Do Daleks run on Windows? Can’t possibly be Mac’s or Linux….)

  2. Laser-cut cookies are pretty good except for the faint aftertaste of acrylic monomers…

  3. Instead of building a laser cutter from the ground up, I bought one of the cheap Chinese ones, fully expecting it to need some work before I could actually use it. After repairing the laser power supply and replacing the control electronics with an EiBotBoard, it basically works. The electronics it came with were already oozing electrolyte out of the capacitors. Unfortunately, my efforts to add air assist got interrupted by other projects.

    1. fully expecting it to need some work

      That’s the trap I got into with the Thing-O-Matic: I did not expect to unpack quite as much of a project as arrived in that box on Christmas Eve…

      From everything I’ve read about cheap Chinese laser cutters, they’re very much a project in a box. My hat’s off to folks like you for figuring out how to get ’em running, but for that amount of effort I might as well start with a reasonably well-documented collection of parts for a known-functional cutter and go from there. I already have, you will understand, a reasonably extensive collection of parts. [grin]

      Besides, I see a Lasersaur as having most of the desirable attributes of a really big 3D printer, with plenty of room for interchangeable heads and whatnot. I think either would work wonderfully well with LinuxCNC, so that’d be part of the project, too…

      So many projects, so little time!

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