Butter Pig

Author: steveweber314, published on 2014-11-19

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Are you tired of having to get out a knife, peel back the wrapper, throw away the wrapper, and wash the knife, every time you need a slice of sweet, creamy butter? So much work! There has to be a butter way!

Introducing the Butter Pig.

This little oinker happily stores and dispenses your butter, keeping it fresh and air tight, and easily slices off a pad whenever you get the craving. Just twist its curly tail. As a bonus, it also includes two extra attachments to extrude butter or margarine.* Stores one stick of butter.

Pass it around the Thanksgiving table, so each of your guests can grab a slice of pure, sweet butter. No more fussing with a complicated dish, or losing track of the butter knife. Butter tastes great on rolls, toast, garlic bread, croissants, corn, mashed potatoes, pancakes, noodles, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, carrots, biscuits, bacon, and more!

*When using the extrusion attachments, leave the butter out of the icebox to soften for an hour first.


“A chicken in every pot, and a Butter Pig in every icebox.” – Herbert Hoover

Why not print a Butter Pig for your loved ones this holiday season! Makes a great stocking stuffer!!

Edit 11/26/14 – I’ve uploaded a new set of extruder attachments that are slightly thicker so the butter won’t ooze out the edges. Also a new full plate STL with the updated extruders.

1/6/2015 – #IceboxChallenge winners have been announced! Butter Pig took 3rd place! https://firstbuild.com/blog/post/icebox-challenge-winners/215/

Pics of the winning designs at CES. Looks like they printed two of each, in orange and gray. You can see the pigs in the middle here: https://twitter.com/makerbot/status/552517008051679233/photo/1

12/15 – I uploaded a new ‘half pint pig,’ perfect for those of you with smaller printers, or if you’ve just got a half stick of butter.

Also added a ‘laid-down’ file, so you can try that if you have issues printing the standing-up one.

12/19/15 – I uploaded individual STL files for the half pint pig tail and body.

Let’s see some pictures of your Butter Pigs!!!


Welcome to the wonderful world of Butter Pig ownership and maintenance.

Your Butter Pig includes three main parts:

  • the body
  • the tail
  • the guillotine

The body holds the stick of butter. The guillotine is used to slice off the butter. The tail has three separate moving parts:

  • screw (tail)
  • nut (hind quarters)
  • plunger (square thing that says ‘Butter Pig’ on it backwards)

Printing requires supports.

Once all support material is removed, ensure that the nut moves freely along the screw, and the plunger spins easily. The plunger can be snug, and may need careful handling to ‘break it loose.’ Hold the tail as close to the plunger as you can, so as not to apply too much torque to the tail.

Once the parts move freely, snap the tail to the body and feed your pig its first stick of butter. (For best results, remove wrapper first.)

Between each stick of butter, hand wash with warm soapy water.

Once the pig is assembled, it is very difficult to separate. This is by design, in order to make sure it doesn’t detach from the pressure. If you need to remove it for cleaning, use a small flat-blade screwdriver to pry it loose.

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Tags: butter, dish, dispenser, FirstBuild, fridge, IceBoxChallenge, knife, margarine, pig, sclicer