Getting going, let’s 3D print!

New CAD software, new ideas, new designs. Part 2 of 2. Part 1 introduced CAD design in Fusion 360.

Mentioned in a previous post (and details to follow in future posts), there are many many materials that can be 3D printed. Available to me right now is PLA printing.

While there are many designs and ideas I could consider of things to 3D print, I want to focus on ideas where the functionality and usability of the item is not compromised by the fact that its made out of PLA. PLA is commercially used for packaging, and works well for small gadgets, cases, shells, toys, in 3D printing [1]. For this reason, I won’t be designing more lamps and headphones, since PLA is not the ideal material to have those made from!

After a brainstorm of ideas, I determined that simple small designs/gadgets would be good if made out of PLA.


These are a few things I think would be very possible to create interesting designs of to 3D print:

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1: Jewellery stand inspired by forms and shapes from outdoors and the natural world

2: interesting cage jewellery ideas- possible through 3D printing

3: keyholder

I designed my own keyholder here, instead with a climber silhouette. (will post printed pictures later). It also involved using a technique in Fusion360 where you can insert a picture as a template to draw against. (tutorial here).


Looking at other key holder designs:

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I also came across this key holder design.

I like the use here, of a keyring that slots into place when home. To make this more multifunctional, I plan to redesign this with these considerations:

  • hanging hooks.
  • a clip underneath for clipping onto a shelf
  • Slots/shelf to dock phone and hold wallet/purse
  • hole to allow in iPhone charge wire

Watch this space for 3D printed models and new designs.



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