It Began with a Trade
In January of 2014 Kelly Green found herself seeking ways to keep herself occupied while her husband was out of town on business. A naturally gifted cookie artist, Kelly sought ways to put her skills to use. On a whim she told her husband, William, that she wanted a 3D printer so that she could print her own custom-made cookie cutters. The Greens hit pay dirt when William negotiated a deal with his friend at the University of Texas to trade an Asus G75 gaming laptop for the older model Airwolf 3D v5.5 printer shown here. Since then the Greens have not looked back, quickly turning a quiet hobby into a thriving business. Well…actually two thriving businesses: Piping Mad Baker, which specializes in designing individualized hand-made cookies and treats; and Piping Mad Prints, which specializes in selling custom 3D printed molds, stencils, and supplies to people who prefer to make their own treats.
Inspiration for the name Piping Mad Baker was easy for Kelly, whose maiden name also happens to be Baker. Like all business start-ups the Greens had their share of challenges and learning experiences. In less than a year’s time Piping Mad Baker and Piping Mad Prints went from producing relatively simple products like the army figure shown to the right, to producing absolutely regal products like the wedding themed platter shown below.
Cofounder, Kelly Green recounts some of her early challenges,
“We brought it home and a few hours in, Will broke it. Well being the Marine Sgt he is, that was not the end of this, he was going to make this machine print. A few hours later, we were printing our first cookie cutter. I put it up on my PMB FB page and within 2 weeks we had consistent cookie cutter orders coming in. We have evolved our product as we learn more about the printer. Our side walls are 75% thinner and the amount of layers has more than tripled. “
3D printing technology has allowed Kelly and William Green to realize their dream of financial independence as they work around the clock filling orders for their 3D printed cookie cutters, custom baking stencils, and world class treats. Since taking ownership of their trusty AW3D v.5.5 they estimate that they have 3D printed well over 20,000 cookie cutters and more than 10,000 customized, hand-made, cookies. As a testament to the reliability of Airwolf 3D printers, the AW3D model v. 5.5 pictured at the beginning of this article has been churning out approximately 30-50 Piping Mad Prints nearly every day…All with the original equipment that came with the machine from its previous owner!
Piping Mad Baker
Piping Mad Baker offers professional quality, custom-made, cookies and pastries for customers who are looking for the perfect treat to celebrate special events like weddings, birthdays, baby showers, or just about anything else worth celebrating. Cofounder, Kelly Green works directly with customers to create highly individualized baked goods which are designed using custom 3D printed cookie cutters, molds, and stencils. If you would like to learn more about Piping Mad Baker you can find them at the link provided here: Piping Mad Baker.
Piping Mad Prints
Piping Mad Prints specializes in producing custom 3D printed cake and cookie accessories including cake picks, cookie cutters, and baking stencils. Piping Mad Prints works directly with customers to convert cake and cookie ideas into 3D printable files using modern CAD software. The files are then used to 3D print useful baking tools and embellishments out of biodegradable polylactic acid (PLA) filament. Unlike many chain stores, Piping Mad Prints makes every custom cookie cutter to order, right here in the U.S.A. This lengthens the lead time of new orders but ensures that every object is produced with a minimal waste of raw materials and energy making Piping Mad Prints an ecologically responsible alternative to traditional mass production methods. If you are interested in learning more about Piping Mad Prints you can find them at the link provided here: Piping Mad Prints.
Piping Mad Prints is committed to designing and manufacturing quality cookie cutters and stencils that are perfect for the professional cookie artist to the occasional hobby baker. All cookie cutters are designed by professional cookie artist Kelly Green of Piping Mad Baker and manufactured out of the Green’s home in Lockhart, Texas. PMP Cookie Cutters can be found in bakeries, culinary schools, hotel kitchens, retail stores and many homes worldwide.