Daily earring #1: FH-Kiel logo

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Daily earring #1: FH-Kiel logo by Schorhr Mar 20, 2011


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Hello there.

I present you my collections of ...
DAILY EARRINGS! (See all at http://www.thingiverse.com/tag:Daily_earrings )

Yep. I bought myself a 3D printer (FDM) and then thought to myself, that it would be a nice idea to make some earrings for my girlfriend.
I was so happy about how the machine manages to print such small things that I designed another, and another, and another...
Now I am close to 60 earrings which almost all printed fine.

Why am I doing this?

Some are simple, some are original work I have spend a few hours on, and some are devirates- depending on how much time and ideas I had.
My girlfriend is into a lot of things, such as computers, video games, star treck, so expect rather random things.

As I am making these on a daily basis, please excuse the sloppy files. I usualy just turn an idea into a earring with sketchup, and they are hardly ever manifold. That's why I am providing the source SKP files as well, so you can edit, modify and remove the ring if you wish.

Unless otherwise noted, these are original work.
you may have seen these designs on my site http://www.wap.cc or RingOhr.de, and I now decided to share them with you. Enjoy.
You may use them for your projects, as long as they are non-commercial (otherwise, ask me for permission). That means deverates have to include be for NC use only as well. If I see these files on Shapeways or similar without having been asked first: Great, you did it! I won't share them anymore.

So you forgot your girl's birthday, valentines, christmas, wedding aniversary?
Or you need a toy thing for your kid?

What you will need:

1) A 3D printer (d'oh)
I am from the dark side of 3D printing... using a commercial pp3dp.com "UP!" plus.
So you might want to print them larger and/or add some support manualy. Just don't ask, I probably won't even remember what UP settings I used ;-)
Even with an UP some things are fragil and horrible to clean, as I am constantly trying what is possible to print and what is not.

2) Stuff! 2mm and 5mm rhinestones never hurt, or wedding decoration diamonds. And Magnets. 1.5x3mm discs work great. Keep an eye on my work as there's more stuff with those soon...

3) Coloring:
You probably noticed that I colored them. Nail polish works great as it bonds to the ABS and is rather cheap.
If you want to search for it at ebay, search for:
(nail polish,nailpolish,nagellack) 72
72 colors (11ml) should be available for under 30€/$40 incl. shipping. Other sets of this cheap stuff seems to be available as well (12/24/48), but in the large set you have all colors in metallic, glitter and regular.
I was sceptical at first, but it works great and glitter is great for lasers. And lasers are manly. Ergo, nail polish is manly. Buy it.

Note: Sorry for some bad pictures... Macro photos with flash usualy reveal every bump and error. The real things at "eye resolution" of the daily earrings look much nicer.

Logo of http://FH-Kiel.de

It's our universities logo as earring. Expect more interesting stuff soon as this was the first print. All rights for the logo belong to the FH-Kiel, but I guess some students might find it usefull.

NOTE: Some models may need rescaling (0.03937) due to export-import settings where accedentally set to inches.

I have been asked if she actually wears all of them. The answer is yes. Almost all of them.


Print- pretty easy on this one. I made the backside hollow so it is lighter and easier to remove from the raft (as I had initial problems with the rafts but it's all fixed now).

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This is a fantastic project and you've implemented it very well. If I may, what CAD software did you/do you use to design these parts?

Hello benglish, Thank you!

As I am still learning other 3D aplications, and I was creating an earing daily, most stuff is done in Sketchup.

I know, it's not considered a professional software, but with the free plugins it's not too bad - and learned easily... plus one of the few programs that will run on my slow laptop.

Thanks. I am particularly impressed by your film strip. Did you do that in Sketchup too?

Hello again,

yes, all of the ones I uploaded here.

It is a rather simple model: I made one frame with the perforations,


copied them into a long stripe, and simply used the bend plugin (FredoScale collection, Shape Bender, one of those will work).

You can see some of those in the SKP as work-in-progress;

Unfortunaly the prints did not turn out great at the smaller scale.

I printed segements at different thickness and angles to see if it works out;


The main problem is bending the ends too much, as the plugin will make it thinner. I should have bent it segment for segment to ensure the minimum wall thickness is ensured...

If you are interested, I posted some Sketchup information regarding 3d printing and the pp3dp at http://pp3dp.com/forum/vhttp://pp3dp.com/forum/v

as Sketchup is not perfect for 3D printing. When keeping a few things in mind (invered areas of mirrored groups when using the stl plugin for example) its a quick tool to make simple objects.

I am currently giving Lightwave a try - not for 3d printing - but I suppose I'll create some stuff with it later anyway.

Thank you, I'll give it a try

Wow, and every one with extensive photos and write-up. This was an incredible amount of work just in the publishing. KILLER JOB!


Yes, it was a waste of time for sure to sort+upload each, but hopefully updating every day will be less tedious :-)