A pencil holder in the shape of a graduation cap. This design is a great gift to celebrate a graduate or thank a teacher. At full size, the cup can carry many writing utensils; it features a center divider to display the tassel and string details.
5.25" L x 5.55" W x 2.925" H
133 mm L x 141 mm W x 74 mm H
Supports are required for printing. The design has been successfully produced in PLA, Nylon 645, and Nylon PA12.
It's possible to shrink the pencil holder for a faster print time, but in some slicers the tassel loses its detail when below 80% of the original size.
taulman3D Nylon 645
As a general rule, low density supports and a scale above 80% will work well. PLA or ABS are more ideal as materials since the flexibility of Nylon can cause the thin walls to warp. However, be cautious with the tassel when printing with PLA/ABS, as the brittle nature of the filament makes it easy for the piece to snap off.
Below are the settings for my prints:
FULL SIZE (images 1-3):
Printer: HP Multi Jet Fusion
Material: Nylon PA12 (black, polished)
HALF SIZE (image 3):
Printer: Lulzbot Mini
Material: taulman3D Nylon 645 (black)
Resolution: 0.25 mm
-- 4-hour print time
-- Supports: Yes (10% support density)
-- Raft: Yes (15 mm margin)
-- PEI print surface + PVA glue layer (Elmer's All-Purpose diluted with water)
THREE-QUARTERS SIZE (not pictured):
Printer: Lulzbot Mini
Material: Polymaker PolyLite PLA (purple)
Resolution: 0.38 mm
-- 4.5-hour print time
-- Supports: Yes (17% support density)
-- Raft: No
-- PEI print surface
Be extremely careful when removing supports as the attachment point for the tassel is delicate.
The first sketches of the pencil holder.
The pencil holder was modeled in Autodesk Fusion 360. The original dimensions changed as I went through aesthetic redesigns. As I began test printing, I noted potential revisions for a second version.
To print a card of your own, check out the designs in this folder!
The current options for the text on the front of the card are "Thank You" and "Congrats." The back of the card is blank with gold borders. The width of the card matches the internal circumference of the cup so that the card fits perfectly within the pencil holder.
Dimensions: 9.3" W x 2.625" H