3D Printed Steel Name Keys

About: I like to make things for the internets. I also sell a pretty cool calendar at supamoto.co. You'll like it.

Intro: 3D Printed Steel Name Keys

These are two name keys that I designed in Rhino and 3D printed in stainless steel through Ponoko. The names are of my first son and my wife. I wanted something custom that would last a while and the stainless steel was a perfect fit.

The design in Rhino was very straightforward. For the bodies of the keys I just used cylinders, tori, and a flattened sphere. For the names, I created the outlines in Illustrator and extruded them in Rhino. Put them all together, export an STL, upload it to Ponoko, and you're off to the races.

Well, a slow race, that is. It takes a bit of time for them to get printed, but it's worth it.

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    orion1977

    6 years ago on Introduction

    For some reason I really like one of the keys... I wonder why...
    ;)

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    PKM

    6 years ago on Introduction

    Wait, Ponoko will print on demand in metal?  Why did no-one tell me this?

    OK, turns out it's got some caveats, but still... 3D print on demand metal stuff? Amazing :)

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    fungus amungusPKM

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Yeah, it's very nice in terms of a finished item as opposed to a prototype.

    Also cool from Ponoko is the ability to print in glazed ceramic. Shapeways one-ups this by including those as well as printing in silver (lost wax technique)

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    poofrabbit

    6 years ago on Introduction

    These are awesome! Are they the size of a key or larger? Either way, wonderful!! I really like Orion's, the atom shaped handle is awesome!

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    They're much bigger. Each key is about 3.5" long. Right now Orion likes the other one better because he can put his fingers through it.

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    AngryRedhead

    6 years ago on Introduction

    These would make wonderful duel purpose gift tags! I'm seeing a key ring in the future...

    I particularly (no pun intended) like the one you made for Orion.

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    Thanks! Yes, a key ring would be a functional use.

    The first one I made was my wife's. I was trying to stay true to older style keys. When I got to Orion's I figured I'd try something different.