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Design and 3D print name tag using free software online

DCO Graphicstudio

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5 Lessons (18m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Name tag tutorial

    • 3. Slicing software

    • 4. Printer results

    • 5. Bonus tutorial box


About This Class

In this class you will learn how to design a name tag using free software online (tinkercad).  This design will then be taken into a slicing software which prepares the file to be 3d printed.  This software is free as well.  The printed used is an Creality Ender 3 which is an affordable and reliable machine ($200 USD).  There is an additional bonus tutorial at the end of the class to futher explore the design software and have fun creating a custom box.  

There are some skill requirements for this class.  You should be able to know how to setup your 3D printer for a print.  This means bed leveling, filament placement and basic setup.  I will be going over basic setups in a future class, so make sure to follow me for future videos.






Welcome to DCO Graphicstudio

Here you will learn everything related to Architecture, Design, 3D modeling, 3D printing.

Anything related to digital media and digital fabrication.  If you have any questions, Ideas or concerns contact me directly here or at [email protected]


1. Introduction: Hi, everyone. This is Deco graphic studio, and today we're gonna be learning how to create your name tag using pretty software online called Tinker Cat and three D, Printing it using a slicer and under three. So all these steps are gonna be the same for any other three D printer. So let's get started. Let's go ahead and go to tinker cat dot com. And you should, uh, at the moment I'm logged in, but you should be able to find yourself in the the front page. And he should, uh, want to join you conjoined using your email. And that way you can. When you sign in, you will be greeted with, um, this front page where you could create a new design. And then you are now at the workspace where we can actually start creating the name 2. Name tag tutorial: this software is pretty straight board, and it's very simple to use. If you're not familiar with any three D software, this is a good place to start. But if you are familiar with, um, you should be able to understand how this works. Now, if you right click and hold it down and move around, you can kind of rotate around the workspace and if you hold shift and right click, you can pen around. So let's start with Let's get started and start writing or name. So I'm gonna go right? You're down here where it says text, place it here and then right here where there's a text dialogue, I'm gonna write a name. I'm gonna write two names gonna be me and, um and that's kind of the name that I intact that I want to create eso well, kind of align it here to one of the good points. That way it kind of makes it easier for us to create the base for it. What I'm gonna do is create a box and just place it down here and make the box. So, as you can see, it's you can start placing these objects right here on the right hand side and putting them down here just using basic shapes. And so, yes, you could see we have this kind of going past the first letter, which is what we want. And if we right click and pan around if we hold this middle one week and kind of drag it all the way out, make sure we kind of clear the first letter also. So, yes, we're here. And we were kind of forward here on that Stein, which is what we want and double check that that has stayed the same. Undecided. Now what? We want to do this. Move it so we can go ahead and just select it and kind of move it down and make sure that it kind of clips the name like So Now we could take this shape and kind of pull it closer, and you can also click there and type in a certain amount. So it's I'm just gonna do a five millimetre base, and we can also take select this and drag this middle point down and make it so it goes a little bit past different. And so if we go here to home. We can see that we have a name tag put together that now we can export and use for our three d print. So with this simple shape, we could select these two. And we have, um, kind of here, and we can go ahead and export on the top, right? And we want to export it as an STL because that's the typical format that you will use to bring into a slicer. And it's kind of the most common format for three D prints. So let's go ahead and choose STL. And it's gonna just exported us. Ah, like, kind of a random name. So we want to go ahead and show and told her, and we want to cut it and bring it to wherever the place, Um, where you save all your all your things. I'm gonna put it here and I'm gonna name it, and I am Stu 3. Slicing software: the next step now that we have the three d model completed is to get the slicer, which is also another free software you can download. Uh, and it's called Cura, and I'm using the latest version 4.1 point zero, and it's from by Ulta maker so you can go to Google and type in Cura. So the website name is Ulta maker dot com And in here you will find ultimate Cure, a 4.1 where you could download for free. And once you download that, you should be able to install it and go through the basic. You know, default instructions were kind of setting it up, which includes which printer you're gonna use. So I'm using the under three, and that's what you'll see here. On the top left is that we have the Cree ality under three, and I will be using generic typical a p l A. To print. So this if you're not familiar with three D printing and you're fairly new, um, then these were some of the other things you might want to look at our different materials that you can print and what are the what are the different set up in temperatures and feed rates that you could use for the different materials. But for today we will be using generic. And now that we're here, as you can see, we have up here on the right hand side, we have the settings, and down here we have different ways. Of the different settings that we have, we have fine, have draft normal, and these are all the default ones that came with the software. So don't don't think that I'm using, you know, some weird or some a specific kind of code. It's just the one that comes with software. So I'm gonna do a normal, normal quality and I'm going Teoh, bring in the model that I just created as an STL. So I'm gonna take that and drag it in. And so now I have that, and I can see that it fits perfectly within my footprint here. So what I'm going to do is start looking at the different settings that I have here. What this software does its little slice of this model into a bunch of fine little layers all the way up to the top. And so this gives you an idea. This allows you to choose how the how thick each layer is gonna be. So free for for the normal quality. We're doing a 0.15 and we're doing a wall thickness of one. Um, I'm gonna up that to one point five and then the infill it's a 10%. That should be okay. This is a pretty easy print because it's just gonna basically just extrude the information up. So there's no need for supports. Let's go here. Print temperature. I'd like to do to a five and 60. It's OK. The speed. I like to go to 50 just to go just to be a little bit safe. So one of the tricks to get all of the information and all of the settings is to go to this little card. We over here and then you'll see that if you have a little box, that means that they're not all checked. There's some that are checking something I'm not, so I'm just gonna check. I'm just gonna check them all that way. I have every single bit of information that I need to kind of make make changes here. Okay, so we have way have all of this kind of set up. I'm gonna go right here to material and make sure that they're all it to five. And I am going to now, Now that we have all the settings ready, we're going to slice it and it will give us a preview of how long it's gonna take. Four hours. And we can also go here to preview or preview down there. And we can see the the tool path and the path that you know how it's gonna print by looking at the layers and you can see how they build up as the printer goes along so we can save to file. And we're gonna go to that same file where we have the model we can. This is gonna be the G code. So So I type in G. C at the beginning, so I know that that's the G code. And now we're ready to take that to a three D printer and three D printed using peeling 4. Printer results: All right, So we're here at the printer, and the first thing we want to do is go to the settings and preheat the three d printer to P L. A. This way, we can kind of get the nozzle hot and ready so we can insert the filament here through the back and then have it come out of the bottom part. If you're not too familiar with this steps of how to get the three d printer to work, I will be having won a tutorial later on coming down. But you should have, um this is some kind of knowledge that you should have before you kind of jump into this project. We also want to be able to have the knowledge to level your bed and make sure to adjusting off the printer just to at least be ready to print. So you can see here we have the printer ready and printing the name tag. Um, it's, you know, it takes a little bit of time. It takes it takes about four hours, but in the end, it comes out with a pretty interesting you salt, which you will see in a second. And I just wanted to show you time lapse of it, you know, printing. And you should always be keeping an eye out, just in case. For some reason, it detaches from the better. Anything. And here I wanted to show you the example of the box three example of what I'm gonna do at the end, how to create a box like this with the name kind of coming out of the box. So stay tuned for that right here, coming right after this. And here is a close up with the name tag and how he came out. It came out really clean. So did, uh So I did two different prints with two different colors, and the purple one came out a little bit. Fuzzy came out with some hairs, but the quality it's just looks really, really good. The bed material that they use, it's ah, it's a glass bed. And I use hot glue stick to make the prints stick a little bit better. So here. I just wanted to give you an idea of the scale and just kind of displaying for you. The box turned out a little bit small, but if you make it any bigger than that. It's just get it takes a long time to print. So if you want to get an idea of what it looks like, you could just do smaller scale. And then this is, um then just sitting on my my daughters shelf. So I just wanted Teoh show you some of those examples and final results, so let's jump into the tutorial. 5. Bonus tutorial box: So here's another exercise. You can go ahead and try, and that is to create a box. So let me show you how to do that. Let's just create a three millimeter wall and let's make that long. Let's make that about 60 60 millimeters. It will make this 30 millimeters and we'll bring in a text for this one. We go right here and change the tax, too. Me that do that in caps. And so now that we have this, whatever text you want, we can go ahead and videotape that 90 degrees and bring it up to the ground. Now we want to go ahead and bring it over. And by kind of pulling on this one and holding shift, you should be able to scale it down. Now. Now that it's centered it, behold shift all and move this one in its scales it down to the inside. Now we can bring this up and it placed the text right in between. Now I'm gonna scale this down to kind of match there, maybe even a little bit smaller, and make this stick up just a little bit. Group them together and I'm gonna copy and paste it and then double click in here. Change the name to another name before you could be the same name. But now I'm just gonna create a different name. But, sir, that's with tonight. And then we go ahead and rotate this. We move this over to kind of the corner point that's snapping to the grid. We can go ahead and take this corner and snap it to that corner. Then we can take this, group it together and then make a copy paste and then rotated and move it to that corner point. And then group this together and we can create an interior box. The kind of matches the extent of this. That way we can have a base to it. So let me bring this down three millimeters that we can group that together. So by using similar steps that as what we did before, we can no, um, create a little box that has some interesting text on the outside. Um, so you can go ahead and select this go to export, Castillo. And now you can take that that and you can bring it into the slicer into the same steps that it needed on the previous a part of the lesson