One thing I feel like there is a demand for on the market and just not enough supply of are unusual cookie cutters. I cannot tell you the hours I have spent over the years scouring the internet for someone that either custom makes cutters, or stocks anything other than the standard styles for a special occasion or for a fun edible gift. They can’t be that hard to make so why aren’t there more choices?
This year, my usual search paid off big time and I came across an amazing find – Printmeneer on Etsy who seems to have answered my prayers. Wouter, the brains behind Printmeneer, who is based in the Netherlands had a similar problem that a lot of creatives have, they always want something they can’t buy or find something similar in stores only to discover it’s not quite right. So last year he ordered a 3D printer and found that now he could make anything his heart desired! I still haven’t got my head around 3D printing but Woulter’s simple and original cutters have got me thinking about how 3D printers can solve very basic problems.
You can buy Wouter’s ready made cutters in beautiful graphic shapes; clouds, diamonds, mountains and anchors – or Wouter can pretty much 3D print any shape you want for a very reasonable price – amazing! The future is 3D!
EDIT: After publishing this post I decided to quiz Wouter a bit about his background and inspiration for Printmeneer.
What do you do for a living?
I live in Rotterdam, The Netherlands and work as a naval architect at an engineering company serving the maritime industry. Currently only 4 days a week, the other days I’m working for Printmeneer.
When did you get a 3D Printer? Where from and why?
I built a 3D printer in September last year after I had finally found an affordable printer that was able to create high quality prints. I had been looking for some time but didn’t find one before that did meet my expectations and wishes. Buying a 3D printer is more or less a result of some sort of frustration. Everytime I’m surprised that simple items cannot be found at (local) shops. When I came across 3D printers I realized that with such a device the possibilities would be endless. Never ever I would have to search through the entire web before I would find what I had in mind. With my engineering background I’m already used to designing in 3D and CAD programs, with a 3D printer I’m able to convert an idea into a product.
What made you start making cookie cutters? [they are great and such a good use for a 3D printer I think – unusual cookie cutters are hard to find]
When Sinterklaas was in the Netherlands I wanted to make cookies in the shape of a Miter. For some reason they were not available as a cookie cutter so I started to design one on my own. Several test versions later I ended up with a nice design and thought that others might be interested as well. I opened an Etsy shop and sold 5 items within a day!
What else can you do with a 3D printer?
During the renovation of our house I have designed and printed several small items that I couldn’t find in local hardware shops. From ceiling fixtures for lights to new handles for one of our kitchen knives. These are just a couple of examples that I created recently, possiblities are endless. I’m even using a 3D printed tape dispenser!
Currently I’m building another 3D printer which gives me some more possibilities. I’m not sure what I will be printing in 12 months time, it might be something completely different.
Where else do you sell your cookie cutters apart from Etsy?
Almost everything is sold through Etsy, simply because I do not have the capacity to support wholesale orders at the moment. There is one brick and mortar shop in Dordrecht that sells a selection of my cookie cutters and a dutch green lifestyle webshop called Babongo sells a different selection. I’m planning to add printing capacity and expect to have this up and running in September.