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Towel clip

by francfalco Jan 26, 2015
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For some reason, everytime I try to open this file in Makerbot Desktop it crashes once it has downloaded the file 94-99%. I have tried add file, loading it from library and preparing it from the explore tab in Makerbot Desktop as well as loading it from the add file option under Prepare. Why is this happening? I want to add that I am using Makerbot Desktop 3.5 and I have it configured for a Makerbot 2X. However, I have tried changing my device but the file stil does not load.

hi 4dprinted,

I'm not sure what could be causing your issue?
I just downloaded the stl and sliced through MW (pre desktop) and all is fine.
Also slices okay via Cura and S3D so the files are fine,

Maybe a MW desktop software issue?

It might be...what other program can I use that would slice the file as an x3g file for the Makerbot?

Standard mouse balls are 22 mm. They are also rubberized which would eliminate any possibility of rust.

Never thought of the good 'ol mouse ball - heavy, rubberised and non-corroding - perfect!

Enlarge my clip file up 10% and it should work a treat.

Thanks for the good idea!



You can't 3d print a 20mm ball. Not unless you have a high end 3d printer. I ain't ever seen a 20mm 3d printed sphere that didn't look more like a snow cone.

So the question is where do you get 20mm spheres.

Hi cymon,

Just checked your website! Your comment was light hearted - Yes?

But i'll leave this up just in case anyone else needs assistance.

Of course one can 3D print a 20mm ball that doesn't look like a snow cone on a desk top 3d printer!


  1. Download the .stl thing file, process it through your slicer of choice and print the whole ball. Depending how well you know your slicer, how well your printer is set up and how well your material cooling fans are working you will produce a decent ball. It may need a bit of finishing on the base, but it'll usable for this application.

  2. As above but lower the (20mm) ball 10mm into the build surface - print 2 x hemispheres and glue together.
    A bit more work but you'll get a better quality sphere.

If neither of those work for you, then i would guess you aint going to be able to print out the clip without it looking really rough and i would look at why your particular printer/slicer set up can't produce a basic print as a sphere.

Otherwise, Google 'steel ball' you'll get a whole list of suppliers for your particular part of the world. Or even a single colour glass marble looks good. And if it isn't exactly 20mm d - just scale the clip to fit the size ball you get.

Let me know if you need any more help


Really cool design...