Introduction: How to Design a Napkin Holder

This is a cool little napkin holder that will look great on any dinner table. You can customize it with your own name or quotes on the sides and the base. It is a great conversation piece to have when you have guests over and it keeps your napkins nice and neat.

You will either need a 3D printer or a CNC machine depending on the material you choose to use.

Step 1: Step 1: Open Solid Works

Open up Solid Works on your desktop. I used the 2011 version.
1. Open a new part.
2. Select the top plane and click "normal to"

Step 2: Step 2: Getting Your Drawing Started

1. Open a sketch on the top plane.
2. Sketch a rectangle and dimension it to 1.5in x 3.5in
3. Click the "extruded boss/base" button and the select the rectangle that you just created.
4. Set the depth to 0.35 in.

Step 3: Step 3: Creating the Walls

1. Open a sketch on the side of the longer face.
2. Make a square with the dimensions of 3.5in x 3.5in
3. Click on the boss extrude button and set it to a depth of .32in
4. Repeat steps 1-3 on the other side.

Step 4: Step 4: Smoothing the Edges

1. Select the "fillet" button
2. Select all of the edges except for the base edges.
3. In the property manager set the fillett diameter to 0.10in
4.Click ok

Step 5: Step 5: Custom Lettering

1. Select the face where you choose to put your lettering
2. Open a sketch on that plane and click the "text" button
3. Enter your custom text and select where on the face you want to place it.
4. Extrude cut it by selecting the text and click the "Extruded Cut".
5. Select "Through all" in the drop down box and the select ok.
6. Repeat steps if you want to put other custom letters or designs.

Step 6: You Have Now Successfully Designed a Napkin Holder

You have now completed designing the napkin holder. Now you just have to build the model in real life if you so choose on either a CNC machine or a 3D printer. You can also edit the colors on Solid Works by clicking the checkered sphere. The link to my .STF file is linked to this page.