Pocket Business Card Press V 4.0

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Pocket Business Card Press V 4.0 by spring_melt Aug 8, 2016


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Changes since V 2.0:
-Herringbone gears for plate allignment
-removed cowelling for the the time being.

I can design one for you or your business. Contact me for details.

CUSTOM MADE ON: www.etsy.com/shop/BetaThings

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Hi, I found that you published Customizable_Business_Card_Embosser.SLDPRT -> a solidworks model (a year ago). Do you have still this solidworks file ? Could you send it to me ? Thanks for answer. Michal N.

Would love to order one, but for CAD$120 it's not worth it. Disappointed by the no derivatives license too. I would consider ordering one for maybe $20..

$20 wouldn't cover the bearings and plastic, much less the machine time. I don't understand why some people give no value to product development and design time.

Sorry I can't offer an affordable printed version for you right now, but I can create a file with your info for you to print and assemble for $50 USD.

Thanks for your interest.


I do value the design and development, I think this is a wonderful way to make business cards; however, I personally do printing as a hobby and nothing more at this time. And I'm a firm believer that selling a product at a lower cost but selling more is better than selling something at a price that few will go for, especially for a commodity, and only selling a few.

That's also the problem I have with sites that print things for me, people way over charge considering I provide the file and all they have to do is add supports and print the obj.

p.s. did you create a programme that adds the text to the rollers or do you do that manually?

I created a parametric model that requires some customization and testing for each card's layout.

I'm not sure my printer will have high enough quality.

You know 3D hub?
There are A TON of 3D-Printers around your liocation (Victoria Canada) who offer printing-services:

Would help, but not for a No Derivatives license.

I'm not even sure what No Derivatives would mean in this case. The idea is out there now. If you want to design your own, go for it!

My offer is a trade for my services designing a card roller for you.

You've attached this to a license that forbids derivatives. Change it to something more permissive like a share-alike and people will be able to.

Does printing the object count as a derivative? Or does derivative mean someone changing the text on the rollers. Sorry I'm new to the licence system here

Changing the text - or anything else. The No Derivatives license means you don't allow anyone to do anything but print this exactly as it is.

To set a more permissive license, click the Edit at the top of this Things page and under "License" choose something else. I post everything under Creative Commons - Attribution - ShareAlike as that means you get credit, but give it away for anyone to modify as they see fit... as long as they share their modifications as well. Everybody benefits from that one.

Thanks for the info, hoping I might be able to pry a bit more from you. I'm trying to make a living creating unique designs for 3D printing, the idea of posting this one would be to get some clients that want one of these for themselves but I keep getting shamed for my choice of license. My question is, is anyone making money from their design work or is everyone here expected to be a hobbyist?

This is a site intended to give away designs. There are other sites where you can sell 3D plans, and sites that you can sell completed product rather than requiring people to operate their own printers. Those are probably more what you were looking for; there was no intent to shame you; the assumption was you wanted to allow derivatives but chose a license that was too restrictive. It sounds more like you picked a site that has an open source minded userbase rather than a commercial site.

Thanks for taking the time to educate me. This is a tough industry to break into.

I think the CC license you're looking for is Creative Commons - Attribution - ShareAlike - NonCommercial. This license allows people to create their own derivatives and share them here and on other sites, but they can't sell the derivatives (both digital and printed versions), requires that they state they derived their model from yours, and requires them to share it under a CC license that's at least as restrictive as yours (e.g. they can add 'no derivatives' to the license when they publish their derivative, but they can't remove non-commercial). whether or not people actually /follow/ the terms of the license is a different story haha, but if you catch em violating the license, you've got the legal standing to get them to stop (or, more realistically, to get the platform they're selling their stuff on to ban em). creativecommons.org has some more in-depth explanations about all their various licenses and stuff.

i really love the idea and design but i am also far far away ... how do you design it?

Wrap your text on rollers with a circumference that is the length of the card. Offset the text on the reliefs and embossments to leave the thickness of the card room to pass. Gears top and bottom are necessary to maintain roller allignment

Would love to help you, bit im toó dar away