I've been lurking on this site for a long time and feel it is time for me to start contributing to the community. I am sharing a Functional 3D design I created and then 3D printed using Fusion 360. I Designed this stand because I couldn't find anything that featured all things I wanted and looked stylish. You can download the files from http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1976746 or you can also buy the model made at shapeways.SO let's get to it.
- Digital Caliper
- 3D Design software (I used Fusion360 because it is free, However there are tons of other free softwares you can use like Sketchup,123Design, etc)
- Items you want the holder to hold (brush, razor blade, etc.)
- Access to a 3D printer or 3D printing host site
Step 1: Draw Your Vision
- Before I took measurements I drew some ideas on how I wanted it to look, and once I had a rough idea I started taking measurements. I didn't do any detailed pictures because the details are the last things I do on the computer.
Step 2: Take Measurements and Start Sketching
- I started taking measurements of the objects using the digital caliper. I took measurements of the diameter, height and width of the objects.
- I wrote them down on piece of paper and then input them on Fusion360 by using the sketch features.
- I used the shape tools under the sketch tab to make the shapes I desired and inputted the measurements.
- I did the same thing for the top section.
Step 3: Extrude Your Sketch
- Once I made all the sketches I started to extrude the objects to the dimensions I wanted using the tools under modify.
Step 4: The Details
- Using the Draft and Fillet tools under the modify tab, I Shaped the corners and edges to my liking.
- I then used the Insert SVG tool to imprint the mustache Icon on the top of the holder, and then extruded it to cut the shape on the holder.
Step 5: Printing It
- I had to break the stand into two separate pieces so that it could fit in the 3D printer
- Using the Hole tool under the create tab I made some holes to the back of the holder and tray.
- I then sketched some dowels that would fit into the holes and make it one complete piece.
Notes: Somethings to keep in mind is the build size of the 3D printer you plan to use.
- You can either design your objects to fit within those dimensions or you will need to break the object into pieces.
- You will also need to keep in mind how you want to print the object, depending on how your object is orientated you may have to use supports and this may require some post processing work if you want to make your object look good. Also the orientation of the object can help make sure some faces look good, this is because you are printing it on the printbed so it will most likely be flat and smooth.
- The last thing I want to mention is the material you use. This is important because depending on what you are designing and what the object is being used for, you might want to use different materials like ABS, Nylon, PET, etc because their properties are better suited for the function of your object.
Step 6: Finally
- Once you have printed your designs/objects assemble and test fit everything.
- If everything fits well and you are satisfied with the outcome, you can either leave it as is or spend some time to "polish it up" a bit by sanding, priming and painting it.I hope y'all found this useful, please feel free to leave me comments or questions and I will do my best to answer them as soon as possible.
Thanks for your interest!