Make Unique Custom Stamps From Your 3D Printer & Moldable Foam Stamps!

Introduction: Make Unique Custom Stamps From Your 3D Printer & Moldable Foam Stamps!

About: I like to make and create lot's of things! Follow me on Twitter, Thingiverse and Instagram under my name: christinachun to keep up with what I'm making next!

I've wanted to create some custom stamps for a while using 3d printing (somehow) and this is as easy as it gets! This tutorial is already assuming that you have your 3d printed object ready to be used to make a stamp from i.e. coin, logo etc. BUT you can really use any objects you have to make stamp impressions from.

What I like about this process is that you don't have to have a reversed image to create a stamp from which is typically how you would go about it in 3d printing straight to use. When using this process, you can take any existing object and make a stamp from it! This is the main reason why I chose to use this process for a quick and easy stamp using a 3d printed piece.

Tip: if you're creating a 3d printed object from scratch, any areas you want raised (to have the most ink) make sure that those areas are cutout or recessed and vice versa.

Step 1: Supplies

To get started, you will need:

  • Magic Stamp Foam Blocks (4in by 3in by 1in) - 8 pack sold on Overstock for $8.99 
  • Your 3D Printed object or ANY object
  • Embossing Heat Tool or Hair Dryer
  • Ink/Stamp Pad
I've included a quick video of my Afinia 3d printer printing my 'SF MADE' logo for a custom stamp. It's a 3d printer with SF on the build platform!

Step 2: Let's Get Stamp Making!

You want to heat the Magic Stamp block for about 10-15 seconds moving the heat tool (or hairdryer) over the foam. Be careful not to burn the foam getting too close. 6-8 inches away from the foam should be good enough to heat the foam. It will not be hot to the touch but warm.

After you've heated the foam, you want to take the foam and press down on your 3d printed object (or whatever object you're making an impression of). Press firmly and evenly. If you don't like how it turned out the first time, just reheat the Magic Stamp block since they're reusable! The old impression will disappear as it's reheated! Cool huh?

For the stamp I was creating, I wanted the indents to really stand out and have a nice layer of ink on them so I pressed as evenly/firmly as I could.

The possibilities are endless and you won't break the bank with trying this method of stamp making! Plus, the reusable factor is so appealing.

Watch these videos for more information on how to use the Magic Stamps!

Step 3: Ink It Up!

Now that your stamp is made, it's time to press on the ink! I found that taking the stamp pad, then rubbing it on the stamp covered it a lot easier than if I were to take the stamp and press it into the stamp pad.

You can keep the stamp in it's shape permanently or temporarily until you reheat it again! I hope this Instructable has inspired you to think of new ways to make custom stamps!

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    6 years ago

    Good idea! You might be interested to know that you can use old flip flops or foam swimming boards to do the same thing. No need to buy the special foam.