A desktop nameplate, sweeping around in a circle. Customize it to show your name or text (Press "Open in Customizer" above or install OpenSCAD on your own computer).
You can have 2 lines on top of each other (as requested by schoonke), or even 3 lines (as requested by blitza700).
NEW: If you use the .scad on your own PC with OpenSCAD, you get a big speed improvement, as suggested by Lyle and using a module of thehans. Thanks a lot!
You can customize:
- You can add a big heart ♥, smiley ☺ or other special characters (†←→↑↓◄►♪♫☼♀♂♦♠♣∞#!?$%&*+@) now to the left or right of the text! And you can choose also special characters, like pen, clock, key, pin, star, gift, thumbs up, thumbs down, cogwheel, mail, cake, person, Instagram, cloud, book, speaking bubble, puzzle piece, shopping cart, cloud download, boarding pass, trashcan, circular arrows and many more.
- You can add magnets, as requested by leostevo. You can select sizes like a Cube 10x1, Cylinder 8x3, Cylinder5x2.5, Cylinder8x1.7 or Cylinder12x2.5. Also you can embed them in your print by increasing magnet_closing_layer to 0.2mm, as requested by Mavi222, check out his make for more info.
- "HiddenText" and "HiddenTextSize" will generate text on the underside of the base of the nameplate. Use it for notes, dates, hidden messages, etc.
- The roundness: Set "faces_segment=2" to have a quick preview in the customizer on this webpage. Once all is OK, set "faces_segment=8" to make the final render.
- The shown text.
- You can set "Bold", "Italic", etc, for each line. It must be supported by the text you selected though. (e.g. Bangers does not support it)
- The number of text lines: You can leave some "textstring" variables empty, and there will be less lines generated. NEW: You can now have 3 lines on top of each other, as requested by blitza700.
- The font. Nice is e.g.: "Orbitron", "Bangers" or "Luckiest Guy". You can set all fonts (top line, bottom line and under-base-text) separately. By default, all are same as "fontname1".
- Each lines font size individually.
- The angle where the text is cut (lower angle will make printing easier)
- The distance between the lines
- The type of base (round, minimal_straight, pedestal, chamfered_rectangle, rectangle, rounded_rectangle). Thanks to rlsmith46 and bratoff for the idea. Use "minimal_straight" if you want to print the text face-down.
- Wether you want the text up (to put it onto a table, etc) or upside-down (e.g. to stick it on a wall) Bugfix: There was a bug for the drop-down, it should work now.
- New: You can now print caps for the text to glue them on top. Just set part_to_generate="text_caps". This was mrcpu's idea and request.
If you could take a picture of an actual print, please publish it via the "post a make" button. - I am curious to see your uses in the wild.
If you like it, also check out my configurable text based creations, text-on-a-string, multi-line label, floor stand, gadget display stand, Fancy Nameplate, customizable text box III, Nameplate, pyramid text, name plate, Customizable text box with lid and round text. Have also a look at my configurable pack of dogs, rabbits, reindeers and santas. There are also useful coat hangers and finger toys. Or see the customizable filament swatches to have an overview over your material.
Just have a look at all my customizable creations.
By the way, the quote "Whatever it is, I'm against it." is from a song by Groucho Marx in the movie 'Horse Feathers'.
You can print it without any support, as long as you leave the cut-angle below 90 degrees.
Standard settings will be fine, like infill of 20%, layer height of .2mm, 2 perimeters, 4 solid layers on top/bottom.
Here a video of DynoCZ's print: Timelapse movie
Here are helpful hints from MrCharlie for an alternative way to print, see also his make:
- Printing the letter faces flat on the build plate is a nice look. For this:
- Make sure to make the base thicker and use the "minimal base", so set "round base" to "0".
- Ensure the top text is not much wider than the bottom text.
- There is still an overhang from the base which requires killer cooling/bridging ability or better toss some supports just under the base.
- If you are doing two lines somewhat close together, having a font where the P's etc don't drop below the line is best, use capitals if you have to. HOLTWOOD ONE, BOWLBY and LUCKIEST GUY are 3 fonts I know that do that.
- If you have a small print bed you can place this at 45 degrees to make the most of the build space.
- Printing time at .2 and 60-80 MM/s: A short name was 5 hours (for 140mm width). A very long name takes 15 hours (at 240mm).
Upright print by MrCharlie: Octolapse
If you want to use OpenSCAD on your own computer to customize (good idea!), make sure you know the fonts on your system or install the fonts you want to use. All fonts which are available here in Thingiverse are available for free from google, e.g. for "Bangers" here: https://fonts.google.com/specimen/Bangers
Then set the fontname (either an installed one or one preinstalled on your system):
in the .scad file.
markostamcar wrote that his OpenSCAD won't pick up newly installed fonts in C:/Windows/Fonts. But it works when you put the TTF files in C:\Program Files/OpenSCAD/fonts/Liberation-2.00.1/ttf instead.