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Multi-Color Zip Top Pencil Case

by MosaicManufacturing Dec 5, 2017
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Love it but the clip is very fragile any tip on this?

You could try increasing the number of shell walls, this should help

Please know that we just got our new 3d printer and still have a lot to learn. :)

Hey MikeVV, we usually print these parts together using our Palette system. Here's an example of how we would complete this in Simplify3D: http://mm3d.co/simplify3d

Without a Palette, you would need to combine the files together into one STL before printing.

merging the files into one... that's good to know...

might you already the body and the lines already combined into a single STL file, that you could post/share?

We're ok if the first one is just a single color (though we think your Palette machine, to combine colors into a single 3d print object, is neat).

Should we print the body first and then place the lines on top?
Will the printer know from reading the file that it needs to raise the nozzle to print the stripes on the top of the sheet?

Thank you. This is a great design and we were able to print the end caps just fine. We do, however, have a couple of questions. When we printed the body and the lines, it did not work. We printed the lines first and one side was not as visible and thick as the other. Then we added the body on top of it and the nozzle was bumping through the lines instead of printed across the top of them. So I guess we want to know how to use the two stl files to print the body and lines together. Could you please help us? I would love to make this!

Nice job.

Did you print the "ribs", swap filament, then print over them with the "backing" to get the multi-color?
Also I suppose one could combine the ribs and backing if they wanted to print in a single color in a single session?

Hey honkbonk, we make Palette+, a device that combines filaments to allow single-extruder printers to print in 4+ colors and materials! We used Palette+ for this print. But the strategy you described could definitely work for this particular print! (More at http://mosaicmfg.com.)

Do u need flexible filament?

Nope! This is just good ol' PLA! The key is that the thinnest parts of the curved piece are only 0.3mm thick, which allows them to flex.