If you would like your own 3d printed money belt, check back soon. I will be revising the model so that it can be sold on shapeways.com. I need to do a little editing to the 3d model to make it affordable. If by chance I make any money from this design, I will use it to buy resources for my students.
Step 1: Design
You can see the slight variation in designs between the first and second models. In my first print, I didn't allow enough clearance for the belt to easily slide past the catch, and it ended up just snapping off. To remedy this situation without huge changes to the design, I moved the belt catch to the inside middle portion of the belt buckle. This is illustrated clearly in the third picture.
Step 2: PRINTING
This print gave me the opportunity to try out the gecko sheets that I ordered for our UP 3d printer. I had no problems with the edges of the print lifting up. The only thing I noticed, is that the gecko sheet does tend to warp out of shape. This did not affect the print in a negative way. In the future I need to find a better way to clamp all of the edges of the gecko sheet to the build platform. The print table needs 6 more tapped holes so that the sheets can be anchored better.
Step 3: ASSEMBLY
- I took a plain black belt and cut off the buckle using a hack saw. You don't even need a belt large enough for your waist size, because you don't need a lot of overlap.
- Once you've printed out the belt buckle and card holder, you simply need to attach the belt using some 1/8" metal wire.
- You might also need to punch some extra holes in your belt to allow for more size adjustment.