The crafts of 3D printing, laser cutting/engraving, and the like are a world unto itself. These types of artistic processes are not for the faint of heart. There is most definitely an investment of time and money with these crafting techniques. In recent years, the Alta by Silhouette entered the picture and made 3D printing somewhat more cost-effective and easier to access for the home crafter.
Creative Uses for 3D Printing
3D printing can be used to create custom crafting tools, from knitting needles, pin holders, and even scrapbook elements like stickers. You can also use the 3D printer to replace items you have lost or damaged. STL files for 3d printing are commonly used. To create items with this technique, you need to have the proper software and equipment. It's best to research and read reviews on these before moving ahead. If you've already done this, then you'll find a few fun files for you here in this section, and more will be added as designers create them. Read through this fun tutorial from our Design School on how to create a basic cookie cutter shape on the Alta.
Laser Cut Craft Designs
Not only does this category contain 3D printing designs, but those that can be used with a laser cutter such as Glowforge as well, since these are 3D products once cut. For even more laser cut designs, check out this section! Laser cutting is a great way to add more variety to your product line, and with this system, you can cut your own blank products. Win-win! If you're unfamiliar with what laser cutting is, then be sure to read up on that before taking the plunge to make sure it's the right fit for you.
Layered SVG Craft Designs
Finally, but certainly not least, you'll see a variety of layered SVG files here. These cut files are so versatile! Use them with your cutting machine for vinyl, paper, or any software or equipment that can handle an SVG format. The world is your oyster with these guys!