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Wallet via 3D Printing

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Print your own Veos wallet and enjoy a great front pocket wallet experience.  The 3D printed frame holds cards that slide out the side for use.  Then, put a picture of a loved one behind the frosted window to enjoy, or an I.D. that makes for quick I.D. checks at the store.  There are even two different sizes available.  A λεπτός wαllet that is .22" thin and holds up to 4 to 5 cards.  And, a τακτiκός wαllet that is .38" thin that holds up to 7 to 8 cards.  The rubber band holds cash and receipts on the back, as well as holding as few as 1 or 2 cards securely in place on both models.

This project is for those Makers that have access to a Printrbot, or other printer capable of utilizing .stl files.  No need to struggle through CAD creation.  I am posting completed and repaired .stl files.  So the beginning of this project is to set your printer and have fun!

For those of you that want more enjoyment with less effort, I will post these 3D printed wallets for sale on Etsy.  Look for them in June.  Also, there are fully CNC machined aluminum versions with various plated finishes available.  Check out http://www.veosllc.com

Let's get started here!
 
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Step 1: Materials Needed

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F I R S T    T O O L S :
1.  Any 3Dprinter capable of utilizing .stl files.  Print size required is about 2.5" x 4.5" x .5" thick.
2.  Long nose, or wire cutting pliers.
3.  Small flat blade screwdriver
4.  Scissors

N E X T    W α L L E T :
1.  3/8" x 3.5" rubber band.  (This is a standard size available at any office store.
2.  (Optional, 1/4" x 3.5" rubber band if you prefer.)
3.  Fold back paper clip, with about 1 1/4" long body.
4.  A report folder with a frosted front cover.  The thicker the front, the better.  (Note: Report cover not shown.)

vincent752011 months ago
Keeping the card in a dedicated plastic envelope is way less cumbersome : this is much too thick and somewhat useless as it is as thick as a small wallet (you don't have to stuff your wallet with unnecessary cards so it remains slim and not thicket that your contraption).
Nice job though !…
Greenrobby (author)  vincent752011 months ago
Hey Vincent,

You make a great point about the wallet staying the same thickness no matter how many cards are used, thanks! I am working on a rubber band style wallet that expands and contracts depending on how many cards are used. I should have it posted in the next two weeks.

Though, that said, the Yetttos wallet is as thin as anything more than just a rubber band.

thanks again for the great feedback, I just had not really realized the downside of the wallet staying the same size.

Regards
Rob
Waiting for your next instructable then !…
However I should have added it was a nice piece of engineering.
Cheers !
jimmis9811 months ago
How did you come up with the names? λεπτός και τακτικός;
Greenrobby (author)  jimmis9811 months ago
Yup, pretty out there huh? Though there is a story, and you can discover the story at http://www.veosllc.com.
tovey11 months ago
Security Warning!
FYI: This is not a good thing to use with smart cards, smart drivers licenses, or IDs that have RFID chips in them. Those items can be scanned remotely and need to be housed in the protective sleeves that come with them.

One last thing. It would be a good idea to place soft tissue paper between multiple credit cards to prevent the magnetic strip from being scratched. Also insure that no two magnetic strips come in contact for a lengthy period of time as this can cause the two strips to be erased. I've heard of this happening.
Greenrobby (author)  tovey11 months ago
Tovey is correct, these 3D printed wallets do not protect from RFID theft.

However, I do sell CNC machined Aluminum versions at http://www.veosllc.com. These metal versions do protect from RFID intrusion. Check them out for purchase!

Regards
Rob
samurai1200 tovey11 months ago
Sorry but this is unnecessary spreading of FUD. 99.999% of wallets in existence today don't protect against RFID reading. So yeah, keep them in their sleeves.

Also, I have several credit cards scratched and scarred that still scan perfectly. Scratches aren't a big deal so long as they are not removing a perfect vertical bar from the magnetic strip. Using soft tissue to relieve scratches would defeat the purpose of this wallet which is ease-of-use.

I have also anecdotally found that as long as two strips aren't sitting right atop each other for a long amount of time, they wont demagnetize each other. Just keep all your cards oriented the same way, and the gap created by the rest of the card will keep any chance of demagnetization to a very narrow probability.
tovey11 months ago
I replied using the reply link and it didn't post. ???
So I'll re-post.

There is an ancient proverb that goes something like this:
Better safe than sorry!
andreyeurope11 months ago
Nice job. Nice 3D printer. Did you make it(the 3D printer) ?
Greenrobby (author)  andreyeurope11 months ago
Thanks Andrey!

I sort of made the 3D printer. It is a Printrbot brand, a self build kit that was available on Kickstarter.
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