DigitalMudWorks Launches in March 2016

DigitalMudWorks is a project by artist Karen Atkinson, who has created hundreds of 3D printing files for your clay extruder. Created as dies for 2inch extruder dies, it also will 3D print a die holder for other machines.  

The concept is simple:

• browse the many files on the DigitalMudWorks website

• purchase a file for .99.

• download the printing file

• upload to your 3D printer and print the file.

Most 2in dies print in around 20 minutes depending on your printer settings.

Then take the die to your studio and extrude shapes for your studio practice.

Most schools now have 3D printers, and many individuals do as well. This makes it easy for faculty and students to experiment will all kinds of extruder shapes, allowing unlimited access to complex shapes.

The project will be announced at The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) conference in Kansas City in March, 2016.

See our About Us page for additional information, as well as our ongoing gallery of project made with these extruder dies.



What is Digital Mud Works?


We create digital files for your clay extruders. Buy, download and print on a 3D printer. All files have been printed and tested. Install into your extruder and explore a variety of possibilities for your next clay project.


Artist Karen Atkinson began creating files for her students and got carried away. Using it as an excuse to learn more 3D modeling skills, and a possible retirement fund, this project was born in 2015. One thing led to another and Digital Mud Works was created. This is a crazy bunch of ideas that I am sure artists will figure out how to use. Perhaps you will find it, and try something out of the ordinary. So finally launching in 2016, these files are for you. The school she teaches at does not yet have a 3D printer, but most schools do.


Send me images of the work you make with any of these extruder dies and I will consider posting it on our gallery page with a link to your website. Don't have one? Get crackin'!


Send me an email and let me know how it worked for you, any suggestions, requests etc. to here.


If you are an artist who is looking for professional practices information, there are tons of free articles and forms at Look under Resources and choose Professional Practices. I also create software to keep track of all your artwork and manage your art life. But that is another project.