Tiling tools and Apps

Tessellating Tile Cutter:
Size: 4-5" setting recommended, .65" tall
  • Design
    • Ashlar
      • Goto the Ashlar tile design app
      • Use the Editor window to change the edge profile. 
      • Try out different tessellation patterns in the "Tiling Type" Menu
      • Increase Scale to get a good example of the tile in the preview window
      • Increase the line width to create a grout line - wiggle room for fitting the parts together
      • Things to watch out for a clay tile cutter 
        • avoid tiny details
        • avoid sharp, thin parts
      • Windows:  from the Start Menu, type in "Snipping Tool", Click and drag a window over the preview, and save it to your desktop.
      • OSX: ⌘+Shift+4 opens up the screen capture tool.  Click and drag a window and it will automatically save to your desktop.
    • Cookie Caster
      • Click on the "Trace" button to import your tile image
      • Use the "Magic Trace" tool to automatically trace your tile.  Sometimes this doesn't work with certain geometries, so be patient and experimental.
      • You can always manually trace using the Pen tool, or augment your design (rounding out lines to arcs)
      • Export/Download Settings:
        • Size: 4-5 inches
        • Height: .65 inches
        • Thickness: 1.5mm ( thin)
      • Download your 3D file
  • Printing
    • Set Print Fill to 75%.  This will make the cookie cutter solid, rather than double walled with a bit of infill.
    • Prints will take about 1 hour each, and may not be able to fit together. 
    • Clean the brim off the bottom edge after printing.  
  • Use
    • Get a small pile of Corn starch or Neph Sye
    • Dip the tile cutter in Neph Sye, like you would use flour with a cookie cutter
    • Press the Cutter down uniformly.  A small ware board on top does this nicely
Other Ways to Use Ashlar, and other Tiling Apps:
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jo kamm,
Sep 1, 2017, 7:31 AM