3D-Printed Tapers




Want to stretch your piercings but can't justify buying new tapers for every size? Print em! This is an even easier project than the 3D-Printed Bicycle Handlebar Caps I did before. The same resources are required, a TechShop Membership and the 3D Printer SBU (Or access to a 3D Printer) as well as some sort of design software like Autodesk Inventor

Designed and Printed at TechShop San Jose 


Step 1: Design

It couldn't be simpler.

Well it could, but this is a good way to start off. 

Step 2: Print It, Fool!

For this print I used skeinforge and the Thingomatic makerbot. Software is replicator G, used default settings without a raft. 

Step 3: Printed.

And that's pretty much it! With this basic step-by-step one can create all sorts of shapes and sizes of tapers or plugs depending on your need! 



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    10 Discussions

    Do you know how unsanitary this is? Just go out and buy yourself tapers, if you don't have the money or you think this would be easier... you probably shouldn't be stretching your ears anyway..

    3 replies

    Reply 1 year ago

    Give them a coating of silicone. There are several mold and mask making compounds that are body safe when cured.

    No more unsanitary than regular plastic tapers. Straight out of the 3D printer, they should be sterile, since the PLA/ABS is extruding at 200+ degrees.

    That being said, nothing but metal tapers can be completely repeatedly sanitized. Regular acrylic tapers have the same problems that you outline.

    So just 3D print them in metal!




    6 years ago on Step 2

    I have a thing o matic, but when i try printing things like this with a tip that get smaller it always blobs up... just wondering how you overcome this problem.

    Also how do you get that perimeter around your build, when i print raftless there is nothing around it.

    2 replies

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Something similar happened with this print as well. The quality was greatly reduced when it got down to the tip. I personally didn't zero everything so it could have been much more precise. We also have a replicator that can do 80 microns so I will be seeing about that before too long.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    How does this type of plastic react with your skin?

    awesome application of personal manufacturing! did you have to sand these down at all, how did the surface finish come out?

    1 reply

    I tried buffing one of this, but that really didn't work out. I think the buffer was spinning too fast (fixed speed). I did some minimal grinding but the finish itself came out alright. Of course the lines are there.