You can print custom 3D snowflakes with the names of your friends and family members magically hidden within their snowy crystals! Follow these easy steps, and your friends will be impressed. So will you!
You need the following software on your system:
- Adobe Illustrator, or at least some drawing program that allows you to convert text to outlines; a program that can flip, duplicate, rotate, and combine shapes into compound shapes, and that can save files in a format that your 3D software can import.
- 3D software: I’m using 3DS Max because it can import Illustrator 3 files as splines. (That’s right: Illustrator 3, not CS3. Old school.)
- Your 3D printer software. I’m using a MakerBot Replicator 2 (MakerWare), printing with MatterHackers white PLA filament. MatterControl is also a fine software choice for RepRap users.
THE 12-STEP PROGRAM:
At first, when you show these snowflakes to your friends, they won’t notice their names at all. This provides all kinds of fun opportunities for you to gradually reveal those magically hidden crystalline words in whatever creative ways you can imagine!