Every morning I wake up, walk into my office and get started on my daily activities of curating 3D printing news and then writing stories on my findings. All of this would not be possible without my morning cup of coffee. It jump-starts my day, and gives me that boost of energy I require in order to open my eyes and move forward. I have a single coffee mug that I use every day, as it perfectly fits my hand, and does an excellent job of keeping my morning drink warm.
One game designer and freelance 3D artist from Trondheim, Norway, named Daniel Liljar, wanted to spice things up a bit when it comes to the typical boring coffee mugs we are all used to seeing. At the same time, he wanted to create a mug that would only be possible to fabricate using 3D printing technology. In going with this, he came up with what he called the Carnivorous Coffee Cup.
“This cup was so much fun to make and get it 3D printed,” Liljar tells 3DPrint.com “It would be almost impossible to create something like this by hand. I decided to make this cup because I wanted to test out the porcelain pilot material, which [became] available to me through a beta phase testing on Shapeways.”
Liljar has an affinity for making things that are “a bit out of the ordinary”, so his idea for a coffee mug with teeth, isn’t abnormal for him. He decided to pick “Oribe green” as the color for his cup, as he felt it would go quite well with the creep tone of his creation.
“I might also have been ‘slightly’ inspired by the ‘sarlacc’ from the Star Wars movies,” he tells us. “There was no room for BobaFett though!”
While his creation is quite unique in every sense of the word, he isn’t exactly sure if anyone would have a desire to drink of his ominous looking mug. However, the porcelain material that it is 3D printed with is completely microwave and dishwasher safe, so it is certainly a possibility.
“Other than aesthetics, the ‘teeth’ do not have any real function,” Liljar explains. “When you take a sip, the coffee flows out like any regular coffee cup. I guess the teeth could work as a heat sink, since they increase the surface area for the inside of the cup. It might absorb some of the heat and make your coffee drinkable. I think the cup works well as a creative and modern ornament. You can use it to serve to unsuspecting guests as well.”
The mug holds heat extremely well because Liljar followed Shapeways’ printing guidelines which suggested very thick walls. Regardless, whether you want to trick a friend, feel like you are conquering a beast, or just want to display it on your mantle, this is certainly one of the most unique coffee mugs you will ever see.