Introduction: SF Lettering Collar Stays With Customizer

About: Based in San Francisco I strive to incorporate custom lettering in the art that I design, print, and make.

This instructable is best explained by making the most of the images taken while printing 10 customized collar stays downloaded from thingiverse. These collar stays are customized with the letters SFlettering and are a bit hard to read in draft print mode. 

Submitted by SFlettering for the Instructables Sponsorship Program

Step 1: Customized From Thingiverse

To customize the collar stays choose the item and then choose the customizer app (which requires a login) after choosing the customizer app you will see a screen that allows you to adjust overall size. In this example choose the area where the mouse cursor is to change the text. I made it at Techshop to learn about 3D printing and teach others how to manage 3D printer errors on a Type A Machine.

Step 2: Change Text to Read SFlettering

Once you text is updated notice how the model is ready to print your customized version.

Step 3: Prep 10 Collar Stays

The model once customized will show you a "model" format expectation of the printed model in PLA in a computer graphics version.

Step 4: Final Print Settings and Warmup

When getting ready to print remember that the temperature settings can delay the final print while the nozzle gets to the correct temperature. I noticed that the nozzle reached the righ temperature within about 3 minutes maximum each time.

Step 5: Starting the Print for 10 Pieces

Here are some images of the beginning of the print and what it looks like when the print will succeed based on the first layer.

Step 6: Building the Base Layer

Here it shows how much printing takes place on each of the 10 models before the printer nozzle moves on to print the next version. The print was fast and wen well with this custom model from thingiverse.

Step 7: Final Printing Stage

The print made each one a solid surface before it began printing the layers with the letters. 
Notice how consistent each layer is before the letters are printed on top of each collar stay. 
Also note how some of the collar stays started to bend away from the print surface. this was most likely due to needing a new layer of blue painters tape.

Image 2: final model in 3D print graphics mode

Step 8: Finished Product

the final products easily came away from the build platform by using a paint scraper. some of the collar stays started to life away from the print platform while overall about 60% of these pieces printed 10 at once came out almost perfectly,. The text resolution could be improved with a slight improvement in print settings and a print time of 30% additional.

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