Merry Christmas to all geeks


Some say 2012 was the year when 3D printing hit the mass market. Well, here’s my small contribution based on my own christmas tree design as well as the classical Penrose kite and dart. (I know. It’s 2013 now, but the cookie cutters were actually printed in 2012!) As a follow-up to my post on cookie tessallations a friend helped me print cookie cutters so I could make ginger bread cookies with a minimal waste of dough. The files needed for printing can be downloaded from Thingiverse. Given the recent findings on how cutlery, plates, music and color affect flavor perception, it came as no surprise that my tessellated gingerbread cookies had a somewhat more exquisite and distinct taste compared to “normal” gingerbread cookies!

This is what the christmas tree design looked like out of the program Tess used to create the tessallations.

Files for 3D printing are available from Thingiverse.

Roll your dough to about 2 mm thickness and fill with your favorite holiday tessellation!

A random Penrose tiling – fascinating, but quite obvious from the pattern that I lack the training needed to avoid creating edges where the tessallation stops…

Further reading: Recreational kitchen mathematics: Cookie tessellations

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  1. Ron Says:

    Nice to see an entry on your blog again, looking forward to many new interesting articles in 2014!

  2. Martin Lersch Says:


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