Intro: How to Make a 3D Business Card With a 3D Printer
Today I will be teaching you to make a 3D business card for a movie press kit. It can also be used just to make a cool card if you want one. For my model I will be using Rhino. There are several different programs to 3D model. You can follow my steps if you are using Rhino and if not use similar modelling techniques in other programs. The finished painted picture was done by a friend of mine named Jessica White.
Step 1: Sketches
You must draw some sketches of what you want your business card to look like. This will allow you to get a rough idea of your measurements ahead of time. My art skills are not great but I have posted my rough sketches.
Step 2: Step 1: Rhino 3D Modelling
Open whatever version of Rhino you have or other 3D modelling program. Follow the pictures as shown to create your 3D business card. If you are using a different program try using these simple modelling techniques.
Step 3: Step 2: Save the Rhino File and Open
Save the Rhino file as a .stl file. This will allow it to be printed on your 3D printer. Now go to a program such as UP and open your .stl file. There are many other types of programs you can use however I used this one.
Step 4: Step 4: Configure and Turning on 3D Printer
Turn on your 3D printer and set nozzle height where you want it. Make sure to use the raft option when you print because if your business card is thin it won't print properly. In the second picture I have shown why you use a raft. If you look closely, the lines tend to break. The first picture shows a lovely raft being made.
Step 5: Congratulations
Congratulations you have successfully created an awesome 3D printed business card.