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Hidden Heart Espresso Cup

Hidden Heart Espresso Cup 3d printed For Your Home Home decor Perfect for Valentine's Day!
Perfect for Valentine's Day!
Hidden Heart Espresso Cup 3d printed For Your Home Home decor Perfect for Valentine's Day!
Hidden Heart Espresso Cup 3d printed For Your Home Home decor Perfect for Valentine's Day!
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Hidden Heart Espresso Cup 3d printed For Your Home Home decor
Hidden Heart Espresso Cup 3d printed For Your Home Home decor
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Hidden Heart Espresso Cup 3d printed For Your Home Home decor
Hidden Heart Espresso Cup 3d printed For Your Home Home decor
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The Hidden Heart Espresso Cup

Perfect for Valentine's Day (or any other day needing a little heart), The Hidden Heart Espresso Cup reveals a perfect heart shape when a double shot of espresso is poured into it. Because of its complex contours, this hidden shape can't be made with traditional molds or normal ceramic fabrication processes. Food-safe in Glazed Ceramics, and 2 make a perfect couple!

More about why complex shapes are difficult in ceramic:

Ceramic is usually either spun or poured into 2 part molds, but there are several limitations to this. With a spun piece (think pottery wheel), you can only easily make symmetrical shapes, and then if you want alter them a little bit from the outside. With a mold, you can make more complicated shapes but to be able to remove it from the mold, you can't have any contours that overhang (the underside, like a cliff, will get caught on the mold and you won't be able to pull it out). This is usually what's called draft.

3D Printing is Cool

Anyway with 3D printing those aren't problems, since the form is being built up layer by layer. The issue of draft goes away entirely, and there's much more freedom to focus on design. I like to design for the hand as well as the eye. Kitchen, food, and drink-ware should almost slide into your hand, and give you a closer connection to what you are putting in your body.

Of course, you still have to consider wall thickness and minimum feature height and a couple other things, but that's not a bad trade-off for getting any form you can image!

* Please note that the saucer is sold separately.

PS - If anyone has a picture of their Hidden Heart Cup in action they'd like to share, please send it my way at daniel@12amdesign.com and I'll add it to this page! Thanks!


IN: 3.145 w x 2.271 d x 3.613 h
CM: 7.988 w x 5.768 d x 9.176 h
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Love the design of the cups. Disappointed that it does not come with the saucers. Not easy to find separate espresso cup saucers here in the US. Please reconsider printing sets.
February 6, 2014, 2:40 pm
@EyeLike2Cre8 Thank you!
December 18, 2013, 9:08 pm
@marjoriet Hi, thanks for the question - I can look up the exact volume later, but off the top of my head what I do know is that the cup is designed for the heart shape to form perfectly with a double-shot of espresso (60ml), and that's about half-way filled, so probably around 100ml - 150ml volume as a rough guess.
December 18, 2013, 9:08 pm
Great idea! And a really beautiful design. I am loving it.
December 11, 2013, 8:28 pm
@Emaraujo the saucer is, as a matter of fact, not printed in this photo. I usually just use Illy saucers, or they have a nice selection on Mikasa.com. Basically, printing costs for a saucer, which is quite straight-forward to produce on a spinning wheel, don't really make sense to me unless the design is more unusual in shape and couldn't be produced on a wheel.
November 18, 2013, 5:57 am
Hi, what is the inner volume of this cup (in ml or oz)? Cheers
November 18, 2013, 4:51 am
Daniel, This expresso cup is really cute. Why don't you have a mix and match option as an option? How can I buy the expresso coffee cup with the red ceramic saucer as the one in the photo?
November 2, 2013, 6:03 am
This is a beautiful item. Bought one as a gift and couldn't have been happier with it. I think a larger version is a wonderful idea. Would definitely be lining up to purchase one.
July 27, 2013, 10:59 pm
@ctdonath You know there have been several requests for a larger sized version, perhaps for cappuccino. If I get any more I will design it. Tweet me @danielchamberln if you want me to design a larger version. Cheers.
May 2, 2013, 9:53 pm
Need a 10oz cup version!
May 2, 2013, 6:53 pm
@duann awesomes! @lastorset There actually is a fairly standard size for espresso saucers, and I would recommend picking one of these up. I've designed several, but decided against putting them up on Shapeways at this time because of the cost. A saucer spun on a traditional wheel is easy to create and just a lot cheaper to make that way than it is to print. One you could use (particularly if you like the red) is on Mikasa: http://www.mikasa.com/Espresso-Saucer/5059925,default,pd.html I'm also definitely waiting for a red glaze to become available on SW! That would make many of my days.
March 2, 2013, 5:09 am
We just featured you design on the Shapeways homepage http://www.shapeways.com/
March 1, 2013, 10:24 pm
Forgive me if this is something obvious to native English speakers, but does "saucer sold separately" mean that I can buy it separately from you, or that I must buy it somewhere else? I'm asking because I can't find it on your profile. Perhaps there's a "standard size" for espresso saucers?
March 1, 2013, 9:44 pm
@nobleweb Inspiration and a cup of coffee is all you need to start a great day ;-) If you have a design you want to make, go for it!
February 18, 2013, 5:31 pm
@mboylevt , I do, but the Nespresso Machine is really slow, though i had like 8 of them a day :-)
February 16, 2013, 3:19 pm
@MitchellJetten what, no love for the chemix at 419? :-)
February 16, 2013, 3:13 pm
@danieljchamberlin I am absolutely with Mitchell... an Italian Espresso or Cappuccino can be as good as a Greek Moka or a German Filter-Kaffee as long as you make it right ...but all beauty can be ruined easily if you do something wrong ...then even the "Heart Espresso Cup" wouldn't help me out anymore :-) Daniel... would you mind if I create something similar one day. This cup got me really inspired :-)
February 16, 2013, 1:26 pm
@danieljchamberlin I'm all about the French Press. Mainly because I can't fathom using more mental energy than grind, pour and press at 7am
February 16, 2013, 5:18 am
@danieljchamberlin, to be honest, i love all coffee... as long as it's good :-) I love the coffee at our LIC office, not sure what sort of coffee they order, but it's better as the coffee we have in the Eindhoven office ;)
February 15, 2013, 7:00 pm
@nobleweb @MitchellJetten @carine what is you fav way of making coffee? I love to use a moka pot when I'm at home (you can see in the bg of the 2nd picture). How about you all?
February 15, 2013, 6:15 pm
@nobleweb @MitchellJetten It's true...totally obsessed myself. You don't want to spend a day with me if I haven't had my morning cup.
February 15, 2013, 3:22 pm
@carine mee too
February 15, 2013, 1:56 pm
@carine , aren't we all obsessed with coffee? Love the espresso cup!
February 15, 2013, 1:33 pm
@mygadgetlife Thanks also! I'm working on some more drinkware and kitchen goods that will be up soon! @carine Thanks so much! Happy Valentine's Day!
February 14, 2013, 6:42 pm
This is a great idea and nicely executed... well done!
February 14, 2013, 6:39 pm
@danieljchamberlin I love this! I wish I had seen it a couple weeks ago. Would have been the perfect gift for my boyfriend for Valentine's Day. He's crazy obsessed with coffee.
February 14, 2013, 2:09 am


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