The Infinite Clip, 3D printed Paperclip

by imaterialise, published

The Infinite Clip, 3D printed Paperclip by imaterialise Jan 24, 2011

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The Infinite Clip is our attempt to build a better paperclip using 3D printing. This is the first version and we'd love to have your feedback on how to improve it. The clip works as a hook and can be mounted & clip things in four different orientations. It can clip things in various ways and be used for thick and thin things.

Here is our blog post about this thing: http://i.materialise.com/blog/entry/using-3d-printing-to-build-a-better-paperclip-the-infinite-clip


We've tested it on a Stratasys FDM machine and an EOS SLS machine in ABS and polyamide respectively. We tried to make it as flat as possible but it probably won't work on a Makerbot because of support (we didn't try it on ours) but please tell us if it does!

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Looks just like The one on Caprica that Cloe Gravestone wears with the flash drive inside

Interesting design, but after clipping it onto various things it doesn't easily go back to its standard shape, i.e. the 2 "ends" don't line up very well. Perhaps a tougher plastic would fare better; I'm using a custom PLA mix which is quite pliable.

In polyamide and ABS the two ends meet up well even after repeated use. Although with long term use the polyamide should deform. What kind of PLA mix are you using?


I'm using custom PLA from orbi-tech in Germany, it's warp-free like normal PLA but more durable than ABS. Printer is a Rapman 3.1

And what 3D printer?