Instructables

3D Printed Spiral Earrings

FeaturedContest Winner
Picture of 3D Printed Spiral Earrings
IMG_0660.JPG
IMG_0656.JPG
IMG_0658.JPG
IMG_0659.JPG
100_6193.JPG
3D printers can do anything. I wanted to make a present for a friend, and she loves earrings, so I decided on some fancy ones I designed and was able to 3D printed! They are a great gift! This instructable covers the steps to design one with a 3D modeling program, but I will also discuss several ways to make them unique. Anyways they look great and are very lightweight. I think the natural PLA filament type looks the best, it's a little tough to tell from the pictures but they reflect a lot of light. I would also like to thank my sister for modeling them.

I was fortunate enough to be able to use a Makerbot Replicator 2 to build them, and you can see a time lapse of it below.


A basic knowledge of the 3D modelling program you will use is highly recommended. Watching whatever tutorials/examples they offer will probably be plenty. I used Autodesk Inventor 2013.
 
Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up

Step 1: Base Shape and Preparations

Picture of Base Shape and Preparations
The first thing that needs to be chosen is the base shape for your earring. I used a circle to keep things simple. To start make a 2D sketch of your base shape in your 3D CAD program. See my picture for help.
Second Prize! Congratulations!
husamwadi9 months ago
Woah, that's awesome! I never knew you could use a circular pattern on a lofted shape???!!! That's some good info!

I guess that I could make cuff links using the same process no? This would also be great for a gear shifter cover design!

Thanks, and good luck in your competition!
Mizchief100 (author)  husamwadi9 months ago
Yep! Check out my 'ible about 3D printing a rollerblade and I do some crazy lofts to make the boot, but yeah loft allows you to do basically anything. Cuff links and a gear shifter cover are definitely doable. Thanks!
geppetto42510 months ago
Well, I appreciate this cool new technology and appreciate all the work that goes into making something. But these look like something from the dollar store! You guys need to figure out how to make this stuff look attractive...
Oh snap dude...TOLD!
Mizchief100 (author)  geppetto42510 months ago
Well that's the beauty of this 'ible because it shows you how to design your own so you can make one that you think 'looks attractive'.
ella109 months ago
Stylish
SaintSalvage10 months ago
I love this!!!! So inspiring. About how much do 3D printers cost? Where can someone buy one?
Mizchief100 (author)  SaintSalvage10 months ago
There's a huge range in price for them but most home owned ones are in the $1500-2500 range. You can find them pretty easily online, but apparently Staples carries them in store now. You can also have a company like Shapeways print something for you and if you only print a few things it is a lot cheap than buying a 3d printer.
Cool. Thanks. I checked on staples. Here's one:
http://www.staples.com/Cube-3D-Printer-Silver/product_201876
cpaterson110 months ago
really nice, beautiful effect !!
Mizchief100 (author)  cpaterson110 months ago
Thanks!
Very fun! I've always wanted to try to design 3D Printed jewelry! Thanks for the tutorial :)
Mizchief100 (author)  Penolopy Bulnick10 months ago
Thanks, and you should it's a lot of fun!
lindarose9210 months ago
I love the design and the material you used seems really beautiful too! :)
Mizchief100 (author)  lindarose9210 months ago
Aww, why thank you!
Pro

Get More Out of Instructables

Already have an Account?

close

PDF Downloads
As a Pro member, you will gain access to download any Instructable in the PDF format. You also have the ability to customize your PDF download.

Upgrade to Pro today!