One Coffee Cup a Day | 30 Days 30 Cups


One Cup a Day project is an experiment on creativity and rapid manufacturing,
by ideating, designing, modeling and making available for production and purchase a coffee cup within 24 hours,
everyday during one month.

By the end of each day, a new espresso coffee cup was made be available for sale here.
The cups are printed in Glazed Ceramics by Shapeways.

*the following images are computer generated visualizations of the cups, not the actual objects.
As 3D-printing in ceramics is a novel and experimental process, the 3D-printed cups might look different than the images below.

Day 30 | Double Espresso Cup

Double length and double handles for a double coffee cup. | buy it here

Day 29 | French Coffee Cup

A dangerous cup with a pointy Tour Eiffel to celebrate the French coffeebuy it here

Day 28 | Golf Ball Cup

A cup textured like a golf ball | buy it here

Day 27 | Kryptonite Cup

A coffee cup with crystal structures | buy it here

Day 26 | Tub Cup

Extruded cup that looks like a bathtub | buy it here

Day 25 | Deer Cup

Hunting trophy coffee cup with a couple of ceramic deers. | buy it here

Day 24 | Knitted Cup

A cup wrapped by knitted ceramic string | buy it here

Day 23 | Helveticup

Cup featuring the Helvetica typeface | buy it here

Day 22 | Waves Cup

A wave pattern textured cup. | buy it here

Day 21 | Siamese Cup

A coffee cup with a tiny conjoined twin | buy it here

Day 20 | Spouted Cup

A coffee cup with a watering can spout | buy it here

Day 19 | Klein Bottle Cup

A coffee cup built with a continuous inside/outside surface as a references to a Klein Bottlebuy it here

Day 18 | Emmental Cup

A cheesy coffee cup | buy it here




Day 17 | Aroma Cup

Cup to smell the fresh coffee | buy it here
*with David‘s Nose

Day 16 | 50% Cup

Half a cup | buy it here
To literally drink a Tallat | Cortado

Day 15 | Fish Scales Cup

Fish-textured coffee cup | buy it here

Day 14 | Rich Bitch Cup

A coffee cup with a kick-ass ceramic diamond. | buy it here

Day 13 | Espresso Shot Cup

A never-standing coffee cup | Buy it here
Perfect for drinking espresso in one shot before it cools down.

Day 12 | ZigZag Cup

Coffee Cup with a ZigZag pattern | buy it here

Day 11 | Hard to Handle Cup

Annoying coffee cup with the handle inside out | buy it here

Day 10 | Savoy Cup

Homage to the world famous glassware piece Savoy Vase by Alvar Aalto.
Cup resembling the shapes of the iconic vase. | buy it here

Day 09 | Low Resolution Cup

Coffee cup with the look & feel of a low resolution 3D model | buy it here
(With a smooth and rounded inside wall for easy cleaning)

Day 08 | CupCake Cup

Delicious coffee cup | buy it here

Day 07 | Champions Coffee Cup

Drink your coffee like a winner | buy it here

Day 06 | 90 Degrees Cup

A coffee cup bent 90 degrees. | buy it here

Day 05 | Fat Cup

Over-fed coffee cup | buy it here

Day 04 | Bird Nest Cup

A coffee cup wrapped by a bird-nest like structure | buy it here

Day 03 | Eroded Cup

Digitally eroded coffee cup. | buy it here.


Day 02 | Studded Belt Cup

Remember those punk/emo belts studded with metal pyramids?
this coffe cup translates that look and feel to ceramics language. | Buy it here


Day 01 | Octo Cup

A nice coffe cup populated with eight handles. | Buy it here


Day 00 | Basic Cup

A small espresso coffe cup; 50mm dameter, 45mm tall.
with basic and smooth shapes. Buy it here

Design one yourself

This project is open for collaboration,
Here I make available the source files (as .3dm & .3ds files) of a template basic cup,
please, feel free to play around and modify it.
Share your Designs and I’ll post them at the Contributions Gallery.

3D Print it yourself

The OctoCup is shared at Thingiverse, feel free to grab the files, experiment with it and share the results.
I printed one with a RepRap and it looks awesome.


done! I made it; Design 30 cups in 30 days,
They are all at the store, ready to be 3DPrinted on demand.

Surprisingly, the idea generation has been the easiest part of the project,
I still have tons of cup ideas on my head that  were not designed: (Banana Handle cup / Toilet cup / Matrioska cup / Melted cup / Mustache cup…)

The hardest part of the project has been preparing the 3D geometries and files for 3DPrinting.

The 30 designs can be grouped into 3 categories

Morpho-jokes = cups adopting shapes from other contexts with a funny result.
Uselessly nice = cups whose striking uselessness makes them interesting.
Texture Analogies = cups wrapped by textures.

I really enjoyed the project format, the pressure and the results.

Further development

Thanks for the interest and support,
special thanks to / Swiss-Miss / Neatorama / BoingBoing & others fantastic sites for writing about the project.

This project is looking for Sponsorship to 3DPrint all the cups and prepare an exhibitions.
Please contact if you want to help. $2k should be enough.


About the design:

The cups are designed as a creative exercise and as a proof of concept for digital fabrication, in order to achieve something unthinkable some time ago: Create a product from the idea to the consumer in less than 24 hours.

Some designs are compromised due to time constrains, but that’s OK.

Not all the cups are ment to be the best and most functional of all coffee cups ever, they are designed with style, fun and diversity on mind.

Note to buyers:

The cups are espresso size; about 45mm (1.7 inches) diameter. They might look quite small.
The images in this page are computer generated, not photos from the real cups.
3DPrinting in Ceramics is a novel and experimental production process, the resulting objects might loose detail and look different than the above images.
Production: Orders, payment, producing-printing, quality control, delivery & customer service processes is handled by, a 3rd Party Company not related to Cunicode.
Pricing: 3DPrinting in Ceramics is quite expensive, that’s why the cups are very small, to keep the price down. Cunicode gets $5 per cup sold only, the rest goes to the producing company,

3D Model vs. 3D Print:

The first 3DPrinted Cup in Ceramics just arrived,
and it looks fantastic!

The glazed layer is quite thick and it hides a lot of the original detail,
which is OK for the OctoCup, but it might be a bit too soft for other designs, like the Knitted Cup or the LowResolution Cup

View more photos of the actual cup on the review page.

Update: Shapeways improved their 3DPrinting process and the results are much better now:

About the material:

The coffee cups are 3D Printed in Glazed Ceramics.
Glazed Ceramics are food safe, recyclable and heat resistant.  The glaze is heatable up to 1000 degrees celcius, at which point the glaze will start to damage.

3D Printed Glazed Ceramics material properties are exactly the same as standard ceramics as it is produced with fine ceramic powder which is bound together with binder, fired, glazed with lead-free, non-toxic gloss finish. For some designs with clear bottoms, the bottom side may remain unglazed.

Glazing reduces definition of design details, for example grooves will fill with glaze. up to 1 mm of glaze can be added in certain areas.This means that some cups might look much smoother once printed than how they look on the drawings, keep that in mind if you purchase any of them.

The 3D Printing Ceramics Process

  • Step 1. 3D Printing, it takes about 4 hrs to print a 4 inch piece. During this step, binder is deposited on a bed of ceramic powder. After one layer is done, a new layer of ceramic powder is spread on top and binder is again deposited on that layer.
  • Step 2. After all the layers are printed, the box of ceramic powder is then put in an oven to dry, the models in the box solidify during this process.
  • Step 3. After the models solidify, the models are taken out out of the box and depowdered. During this stage, the models are solid but in a brittle, fragile state.
  • Step 4. Afterwards, the models are fired in a kilm with a “high fire.” This firing will lock in the structure of the model. After this step, a base model is created. The surface finish is very rough.
  • Step 5. Pre-glaze coating spray, a water based spray, is then applied. Then the models are fired away in a kiln at a lower temperature. Afterwards, the model is a bit more smooth and ready for glazing.
  • Step 6. The glaze spray is applied, and the models are again fired in the kiln. After this process, the model becomes shiny and smooth.



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