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Extrusion plate in CAD Answered

I have an idea that requires either machining abilities/tool access or CAD experience.
A while ago, I found out something that was apparently common knowledge. Meat grinders with their blades removed can be used to extrude spaghetti. So I decided to look for additional pasta extruder plates for different noodles.
There are no pasta extruder plates for standard meat grinders. You can, however, buy a glorified grinder and accessory plates or a dedicated pasta machine for top dollar. The marketted pasta makers at their very cores are the same as the meat grinders with the right plates installed. Obviously pasta dies/plates for meat grinders are intentionally not produced. The closest I could come was a garage sale extruder that looks like a plastic grinder with three dies. Big surprise, it doesnt work. But I modified a plate so it sort of works for a grinder. This worked as proof of concept.
Would anyone be interested in helping to design CAD files to print pasta dies on Shapeways based on proper pasta dies? I don't know much about CAD, but it looks easier than the designs created by some folks on here. Basically disks with a dimple for alignment and specially shaped holes. admittedly, the hole depths would be the complicated part. Let me know what you think.

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Darkman
Darkman

5 years ago

Thanks Downunder. I actually was thinking the same for things like fettuccini and other round and flat noodles and maybe even spiral noodles. The difficulty really arises from the hollow noodles. Maybe I should post photos tomorrow. For example.

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Downunder35m
Downunder35m

5 years ago

I would just use an orginal meat disk as a template, cut a piece of steel and drill holes the right size.
For more fany things use a thin saw blade and work from one hole to the next.