Some say 2012 was the year when 3D printing hit the mass market – and that happens to be the year when the cookie cutters shown were printed. The Christmas tree design I made using the program Tess. I also opted for the kite and dart shapes which are used for the classical Penrose tiling. As a follow-up to my post on cookie tessellations a friend helped me 3D 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 tessellations.
Files for 3D printing are available from Thingiverse.
A random Penrose tiling – fascinating, but quite obvious from the pattern that I lack the training needed to avoid creating edges where the tessellation stops…
Further reading: Recreational kitchen mathematics: Cookie tessellations