I design and make my own fashion accessories and this is a cad file I use to 3D Print belts with nylon. The cad file is about 1000mm long. It is 3d printed hollow in a spiral so you can print it on a small table like mine. This will give you 2 belts.
To take the spiral out, you simply iron it on an ironing board like any other nylon accessory.
All of the assemble instructions can be found at
You will need nylon line. Available in 3mm at taulman3d.com
- Export the stl file for your slicer program
- 2 perimetersâ€¦.this makes a 1mm thick beltâ€¦.about right for me.
- 1 solid surfaceâ€¦..this is just to hold the spiral in place while it printsâ€¦ because it is so long, it will shrink while it cools during print, so print on PCB and make sure the first layer almost touches the table. I find if my belts print more than 12 or more layers without bending up from the PCB table, then it will print OK.
- 0% fill because itâ€™s going to be hollow
- heightâ€¦. you need to be careful with this, too small and it will take a day to print(I found out the hard way) or too large and a few layers might have tiny gaps. I use Â½ of my nozzle dia or .25mm
- Temperatureâ€¦. 248-252C This is just my printer. I know others measure different.
- Load into the 3D Printer and â€œPrintâ€â€¦â€¦This will take about 2-3 hours to print. My 1" belts take just around 2 hours to print. Make sure to stop the printer when the belt is wide enough.
- After printing, remove the spiral from the print table.
- Take the scissors and simply cut off that first solid layer. Itâ€™s really easy to follow the ridges in the printed layers to help you get a straight cut.
- Cut off the ends.
- Now you should have two long bands, each can become a belt. You should Iron the Spiral out to make it flat before adding eyelets or dye.
- Now for the buckle. Measure in from one end about 80mm.
- Use a soldering iron to poke a hole for the first eyelet.
- Use the eyelet crimp tool to crimp in a silver eyelet. This is the eyelet for the buckle pin.
- Remember, the eyelet â€œcrimpâ€ side always goes on the inside of the belt.
- Run the band into the buckle and stick the buckle pin in the eyelet. You can now fold the remaining nylon back.
- Hold the fold in place and poke two holes for the first retaining eyelets.
- Install the first two retaining eyelets. Measure out about 12mm and install two more retaining eyelets.
- These four eyelets will keep that buckle from going anywhere!
- Now, wrap the belt around and against your bare waist with no slack. Where the tip end overlaps the buckle pin is the first center eyelet. Mark and install (Poke with soldering iron, then crimp silver eyelet).
- Now make 8 marks going toward the tip of the belt at 24mm steps. Install all eight eyelets.
- Put on your end outfit. Then put on the belt and tighten to your taste. You should still have two, three or more eyelets going toward the tip. You want about 2 eyelets beyond the buckle pin toward the tip.
- Cut the tip flat leaving the two eyelets of length. Use the scissors to round off the tip.
- If you want color, just dye it. Go to www.taulman3d.com to see color directions. If you do want color, you should dye it before you add the eyelets and buckle. You should also iron it before you color it.