Have you been looking on Pinterest and wonder where people have been getting those 3D cookie cutters? They are most likely using a 3D Printer to create the intricate and beautiful looking cookies. Whether it’s your kids wanting cookies or you just want to make cookies for yourself, having a 3D printer for cookie cutters gives you the creative freedom to have any design that you desire.
Read on to see my top recommendations, including what to look for in 3D printers.
Top 3 Choices
Criteria (How to Choose What 3D Printer You Want)
It’s very important that the 3D printer holds up for a long time, especially if you are going to be shelling out some cash to get one. This means it needs to be made of excellent materials and have little to no flaws. For the amount of money, we’re talking equivalent to a KitchenAid mixer $$.
To determine how good the 3D printer is, we also look at the reviews, from people who have actually bought it.
If it can be used to make cookie cutters
3D printers can be used for a lot of things such as making really cool action figures but we wanted to make sure it can also make cookie cutters, which the ones in the list that I provided actually do.
I wanted to make sure that the 3D printers on the list below were affordable but of high quality so that you get what you pay for.
Ease of Use
Every single 3D printer that I have selected for the list below is so easy-to-use that even a child could use it, with supervision, of course.
I have made sure that each and every 3D printer that is listed has some kind of warranty on it in case it does malfunction or doesn’t work the way it should.
There are, of course, a lot of options for 3D printers, but finding these five choices below was difficult. I based it on how easy it is to use, the quality and what users. There is a more in-depth guide below as well so that you can make the best decision.
The 3D Printers On Our List
- ANYCUBIC 3D Printer
The ANYCUBIC 3D Printer is actually an upgrade from their previous version. It still has the same features such as high-quality steel frame, heated bed, filament runout detection, color touch screen and an innovative coated print bed that doesn’t need tape or glue. The build is 210x210x205 mm. It also has a dual z axis design for the motion system to ensure stability and accuracy. There is a flat glass bed that is protected with a microporous coating.
This version has the extruder, the ultra base and the new filament holder. In short, this 3D printer comes with all the bells and whistles that you could ask for and it’s very easy-to-use.
Compared to the ELEGOO Mars 2 3D Printer (which also has the bells and whistles) it doesn’t have the Wi-Fi feature that the ELEGOO have, but it doesn’t have the extruder or ultra base that the ANYCUBIC have.
- Upgraded features such as extruder, new filament holder and ultra base where you can just use and print
- Flat glass bed
- 1-year warranty
- Some users have said it’s hard to get it leveled even though it was promised it would be flat while printing. (What is leveling?)
- Comgrow Ender 3 3D Printer
Even if you are not an expert in setting up 3D printers, we promise that the Comgrow Ender 3 is extremely easy to set up. All you need to do is follow the instructions in the manual and put together 20 nuts.
One notable feature about the Ender 3 is that it has V shaped upgraded wheels so that the machine can move smoothly with the sliders that’s attached to it. It also doesn’t make as much sound. Another notable feature about this printer is that it has the resume printing option, which means if the power goes out especially if you are in the middle of making your 3D cookie cutter, it will resume when the power comes back on.
The machine takes 5 minutes to heat up to 110 degrees. It’s, of course, easy-to-use and a child can use this as well. If the Comgrow Ender 3 didn’t need as many upgrades to make it usable, it would have been better than the FlashForge 3D printer (mentioned below).
- Easy to set up
- Doesn’t make a lot of sound
- Resume Printing
- Users have reported not being able to align bed
- Users have also reported that you’ll need to upgrade often to make the printer usable
- FlashForge 3D Printer Creator Pro
This 3D printer by FlashForge has an enclosed build for safety of the printing material inside. It has a 6.3 mm aluminum plate that is high quality and won’t warp while it’s heating. They also made this 3D printer out of a sturdy metal frame, so you don’t have to worry about this machine breaking down.
Another feature on this printer is a LED light that helps you see what you’re printing inside, which is a very cool feature to have. There is Wi-Fi connectivity with this printer, so if you want to connect to the internet and get the cookie cutter idea off the web, you can do so. There is a LCD touch screen for you or your child to use.
It’s very easy-to-use, and it’s compatible with most common filament types. While there’s poor customer support (according to users) from this company, it is better than the ELEGOO 3D printer (mentioned below) because it can print more.
- Enclosed build for safety
- Aluminum plate that doesn’t warp
- LED light
- Wi-Fi connectivity
- Easy to use
- Poor customer support
- ELEGOO Mars 2 3D Printer
If you are looking for a 3D printer that really pays attention to details, especially for custom cookie cutters, you’ll love the ELEGOO 3D printer. It is enclosed, just like the Flash forge printer we have talked about previously.
It of course, is made out of sturdy build material (CNC aluminum) and there’s a newly designed plate that will ensure it will stay flat while printing. A cool feature about this printer is that there is a multi-language interface if your household speaks multiple languages and wants to use it. If the power goes out, of course, it can resume printing, just like the other printers we have mentioned here today, and you won’t lose what design you were working on for your cookie cutter.
Another unique feature is the Chitu Box Slicer, which pretty much guarantees a smooth printing surface, which is fairly important.
- Enclosed for safety
- Multi language interface
- Wi-Fi Connectivity
- Resume printing
- Chitu Box Slicer for smooth printing surface
- Does not print as much as it claims
- Some users reports resin never cures
- Voxelab Aquila 3D Printer
Finally, there is the Voxelab Aquila 3D Printer. Right off the bat, you can tell it’s an open design, but it has a sturdy, all metal design that is easy-to-use. Like all the other 3D printers, there is a resume printing function, so there’s no worry if you are creating an epic cookie cutter design. It means you can resume when the power comes back on.
This 3D printer is easy to set up as it’s partially assembled. There is a removable build surface plate that can be heated up within 5 minutes and it will be very smooth, which is what you want when making cookie cutters.
It doesn’t have the bells and whistles like IGLOO or Comgrow printers, but you’ll be able to get the cookie cutter that you want out of this 3D printer. This printer is also very silent, which is desirable when in use. It is compatible with 1.75 mm filaments.
- Excellent value for the money
- Quality design
- Good for high precision
- Partially assembled, so easy to use
- According to some users, the power supply did not work at times
- It sometimes does not finish printing according to users
What to look for in a 3D printer
This is the most important thing you should look for in 3D printers. You want something strong and sturdy, especially if you’re going to be making 3D cookie cutters. The reason we say this is that making those cookie cutters will require a lot of heat and power. Ideally, you’d want to look for something that’s made out of metal to ensure this.
Fast Heating Time
You don’t want to wait all day for the printer to heat up. You’ll want to get started on those awesome cookie cutters pretty much almost right away. The best 3D printers usually have a quick warmup time of 5 minutes or fewer, and those are the ones you’ll want to look for.
Easy to set up
Obviously, you don’t want to spend all day trying to set up the 3D printer. Time is precious, so you will want to look for a 3D printer that’s very easy to set up. Some are even partially assembled, so you’ll want to keep an eye out for that.
To me, I feel that this is an important feature to look for when shopping for 3D printers. Many of the early 3D Printers did not have a resume feature. Imagine printing out that custom cookie cutter and the power goes out. You have to start all over again. That’s something you do not want, so you’ll want a 3D printer that has this option. All the 3D printers on our list can resume from a pause.
This is an optional feature, but if you have a design you want to use, you can hook up the printer to the computer and connect to the Wi-Fi. From there, you can print out the cookie cutter that you want to use. There are some 3D printers that offer this and they do usually cost more, but they are out there. One such example on the list is the FlashForge 3D printer.
You will want it to be easy to navigate the 3D printer and to do that, you’ll need to use the touchscreen navigation panel. Most (perhaps all) 3D printers come with a navigation panel where you can navigate through files and pass commands for it to print out the design you want for your cookie cutter.
Why 3D print your own cookie cutter?
You can create any design that you desire, and it makes your cookies look cool. Print your personalized name as a cookie cutter. Print the outline shape of a friend’s head. Print the exact size cutter you prefer.
How much time does it take to print a cookie cutter?
It can take as little as 30 minutes or as long as 8 hours. It really depends on the 3D printer you have, the size of the cutter, and if you are happy with the print. Plan to print it a few times — often I do not like the size or the print fails so I restart it.
There you have it. Now you know what to look for in 3D printers for cookie cutters and where to find them. Looking for something more budget friendly? You’ll love the Voxelab Aquila 3D Printer. It has an open face design, has resume printing and a simple navigation panel for you to select the design you want to use and print.
How about something that is more upgraded? Such as the Comgrow Ender 3 3D Printer? Comgrow is actually a very popular company that people know about and the Ender is usually a best seller. It’s because it’s enclosed, precise, has resume printing and a good sturdy design. But if you’re looking for all the bells and whistles, you’ll love the FlashForge 3D Printer Creator Pro. It is enclosed, very precise, made out of sturdy materials and it has Wi-Fi. The Wi-Fi can come in handy if you’re looking to get the cookie cutter design off the internet.
Finding the right 3D cutters for cookie cutters can make your life easier and you should keep this buying guide nearby so that when you’re ready to get one, you’ll know how to look for one for you and your family.