3D Printing Whistle




Introduction: 3D Printing Whistle

About: Happy life lies in a peaceful mind. I like DIY everything, design special things, painting.

This whistle actually makes the familiar whistle sound. It print the ball inside the whistle in one shot, and without any support material in it. Then break it after printing with a small tweezers or other tools.

The whistle size was 25x40x20mm, only need 45min to print out.

You should love it. Let's start to design the model firstly!

Design Software: 123D Design Desktop (Get from:http://www.123dapp.com/design)

Printer: Dremel

Filament: PLA

Step 1: Design the Basic Shape

1. Draw the 2D profile of the whistle using sketch commands, reference to the dimension in image.

2. In order to show the internal structure, I extrude the closed profile with 10mm (half of the whistle).

3. Select two faces to shell with 2mm, then complete the basic whistle.

Step 2: Deal With the Whistle Mouth (Very Important)

This step is very important, design a perfect whistle mouth make your whistle loud sound.

I tried several times to optimize the whistle mouth, find out the best one to make it perfect.

1. Create the rectangle hole in the whistle mouth.

2. Tweak the edge to taper inside the mouth.

Step 3: Round the Edges

Fillet the edges to make it looks smooth.

Step 4: Add Pea

Add a sphere on the inner face, and move down with 0.1mm. So, the pea will connected to the rest of the object only at a tiny point, it is quite easy to break with a tweezers or other small tools.

Step 5: Complete Whistle

Mirror the bottom part (except the pea) along top face will get the completed whistle model.

Step 6: Hanger Hole

Design a hang hole to put on the rope.

1. Draw 2D profiles, then extrude it with 3mm.

2. Move and rotate it close to the whistle.

3. Combine them together.

4. Fillet the corners make it easy to print without support.

Step 7: Print It Out

1. Export as STL file

2. Slicing it to generate gcode

3. Printing...

If you don't want to design it by yourself. You also can download it here.

Step 8: Break the Pea

Break the pea with tweezers or other small tools.

Now blow the whistle with your mouth!!

shh,shh,shh,shh, ~~~~

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    7 years ago on Introduction

    The sound is quite nice but I miss the actual noise caused by the ball.
    To me it sounds like a whistle whitout a ball, or did I miss something?


    Reply 1 year ago

    I like that


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Well, I meant the uploaded video - there is no sound of a moving pea...
    It is a whistle, ok, but unless the audio has problems it just sounds like a normal one without a ball.


    2 years ago

    Sorry if this is a stupid question but I’m new at this and wanted to get some estimates on how much on average this item would take to build

    Ally Zhao
    Ally Zhao

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Add a video in the last step, you can hear it. Thanks.


    7 years ago

    That is a very genius idea printing the ball inside of it!