Friday, June 3, 2011

Day Nineteen: 3-D Printing Buttons and Cufflinks Hardware

Today we're talking about 3-D printing. We have a 3-D printer on site for making custom hardware. I love this option because when I was younger I was fascinated by Chanel's coats with the custom buttons and hardware. Now I get to design my own. And I love that anyone, anywhere in the world can use it in a few minutes and make something to print for themselves. If you haven't tired it yet, Autodesk Inventor is a favorite. Or if you don't have the cash to shell out, google has a great free scaled down version called Sketchup: . It generally takes 5 min to download and you can start designing in minutes. Take this to your local 3-D printer and they can make custom designed hardware for you in 1-10 days depending on volume. The cost on this technology is really coming down which makes buttons in the $1-25 range depending on plastic or metal (average is $5-10) and metal cufflinks in the $40-60 range. The metal is a personal favorite, but the most popular thing in the industry right now is bright blue plastic.

Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend and happy designing.

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1 comment:

  1. Cufflink boxes are available in many sizes, too. There are boxes for just a single pair of cufflinks box, and there are larger boxes, too, for those who are into collecting cufflinks. Some boxes can hold as many as 100 pairs of cufflinks!