Easy 3D Print Stencil

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Introduction: Easy 3D Print Stencil

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It is really easy to design and 3D print your own stencil using Tinkercad. Attached, I have a simple stencil sampler and an alphabet stencil.

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Supplies

Tinkercad - for making your own stencil or altering mine

3D Printer

Filament

Step 1: Base

You can just use a square or rectangle for the base but I think it looks and feels a little nicer if you round the corners. This is really easy using the MetaFillet shape that is under the Shape Generators > All on the right.

To start, put out a rectangle that is .8mm thick. This will make the stencil 4 layers thick, you can go thicker if you want, but I thought this was pretty good. Make it fairly sturdy without using up a lot of filament or time.

Once you have your rectangle (you can resize it later if need be), line it up with each corner. I use the Align function and did each corner one at a time.

Group them as you go and you'll have your base.

Step 2: Images

This is where you can do whatever you'd like. Either take simple shapes from the menu on the right (I did heart and star), combine shapes to make new images (crown, pawprint, and altered letter), or import your own (car).

Line them up on your stencil and resize the base if you need to. Make sure all the images are holes and group the whole thing to make a stencil.

Step 3: Alphabet

If you want to make letter stencils, you'll need to do some altering on some of the letters such as A, D, O, anything with a hole in it. Remember you can't have anything just floating in the stencil. Everything must connect to each other.

Please copy my design in Tinkercad and use the letters and images as you'd like.

Step 4: Print

This is really straightforward to print. Bring it into your slicer of choice and print away! You can make it thicker here if you decide it's too thin.

Also, remember to be careful taking it off the bed. Since it is thin it can bend and snap easily when first getting it off.

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    10 Comments

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    defendertime4
    defendertime4

    11 months ago

    (Sorry for my English) Fabulos!!. But here come the questions: (My daughter did 1 to painton Canvas, it didn´t ork out very ell, because the distance between the letters was very small and the stencil was verythick), hat ould be the recommended minimum height of the stencil? and what would be the minimum distance inside the letters?
    Is there a method to later clean the stencil from the spray paint?
    Thank you for your work!!!!

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    Penolopy Bulnick
    Penolopy Bulnick

    Reply 11 months ago

    I made my stencil about .8mm thick or 4 layers which I think is enough to be sturdy without being too thick.
    Distance between letters really can vary. You just have to experiment but the more space you have between letters the sturdier it is going to be. You could try about 1mm and see how that looks.
    As for spray paint, honestly it might be best to just let it dry and leave it on the stencil.
    Thanks for checking out my project :)

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    Gilly
    Gilly

    1 year ago on Step 4

    Love these! I've never seen a 3D printer here in the UK, I'm guessing they would be massively expensive. Are they quite small and compact or are they bulky? Time to do some Googling!

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    Penolopy Bulnick
    Penolopy Bulnick

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you :)

    There are a variety of different size printers for different costs. You can get a smaller one for about $150 or a huge professional one for thousands and everything in between. Creality has some for a couple hundred that are good. Or you can find many other brands like Dremel and Prusa. Even the paper cutting machine company Silhouette Studios has a 3D printer :)

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    Gilly
    Gilly

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you for all that info! I’m looking forward to having a good look around the internet later tonight to explore the possibilities. This info is really helpful.

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    cspann560
    cspann560

    Tip 1 year ago

    This is also a good way to do it.Lacking a 3D printer I used a laser cutter at work and made stencils for a shipping crate. The material was thin plastic sheet I harvested from a large flat screen TV

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    Penolopy Bulnick
    Penolopy Bulnick

    Reply 1 year ago

    For sure, laser cutting from upcycled materials is great :D