by PrettySmallThings, published
1. Functional purse that will hold an iphone.
2. Print and assemble without glue
3. Attractive and durable enough to actually use.
I did not succeed on these counts. This project is less a work in progress, than an abandoned proof of concept. But, it's time to get it off my hard drive and out on the web. I expect to try again, with some lessons learned.
1. This took 24 hours to slice in RepG. That's longer than I want to wait, and too long to iterate quickly. I either need to simplify the geometry somewhat, or use a newer and faster slicer.
2. It's difficult to get every corner to stick to the platform, especially with a second extruder interfering and prying up a loose ends. Aggressive solutions like applying ABS slurry to the platform result in a less than desirable surface finish, and a lot of kapton tape to peel off the print. One missing square, and the print is ruined. There are about 5 holes in my print.
3. I haven't solved how the sides go together. Currently, I think a blanket stitch with plastic lacing used in kids' friendship braclets or embroidery floss should suffice. But it's not a great solution.
4. To be functional, this design really needs a chain or wristlet loop.
5. I could make a nicer looking design if I altered my approach from no-glue-snap-together, to allowing multiple pieces.
6. The hinge works well, but needs to be a little beefier to hold up.
I was happy with how pretty and shiny the fabric looks. With a more attractive shape and clasp, I'd wear it. There are cool options for textile prints with dual extrusion if I could just get everything to stick better.
The "fabric" only bends in one axis on each side, which you should take into account if use it in another way.
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Very nice design. Every link printed great. I have a Rep 2X. Printed in ABS at 2mm. Only problem was one of the corners curling up off the plate during the print. I have that problem a lot though if i don't use circular tabs to keep corners down.
I've been considering getting back to this project - time marches on, and now I have a bigger printer (Rep2 - without the second nozzle that caused me problems with the first iteration) and a faster slicer (makerware) so I can print and iterate faster. I've thought about doing a form more like one of my other things: http://www.thingiverse.com/thi... which is similar to what you suggested.
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If you're going to give the print a try, try the test swatch first to adjust settings if necessary.
Print requires a larger bed (replicator, or larger)
Print, carefully peel off platform. Snap together hinge. Sew sides shut :)
Update: 27SEP12 - Realized I uploaded the wrong source (DWG) file - file I included was missing the clasp. New file uploaded.
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