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09-19-2015 04:09 PM

Topic tags/keywords: 3d printed branding iron

I received my 3D printed stainless steel branding iron yesterday and got it mounted to my soldering iron:

It arrived a little lumpy and smaller than my drawing. Had to do some machining, but now it fits well onto my older Rockler branding setup’s soldering iron. I learned about the technique from here:

https://www.reddit.com/r/woodworking/comments/3j2s3v/free_if_you_design_your_own_branding_iron/

I also have some more pictures of it here:

http://imgur.com/a/bNAAF

-- Allen, Colorado


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#1 posted 09-19-2015 04:11 PM

I’ve been playing around with the idea of getting one made. What were your dimensions and what was the final cost if you don’t mind me asking?

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#2 posted 09-19-2015 04:34 PM

It’s about an inch diameter, if drawing a circle around the logo. Only cost me $14 after the coupon (should still be available from the reddit link above). Though I did spend double that on the die for threading it (weird size).

I drew the dino skull in inkscape, imported it into sketchup to make it 3D, drew the rest of the soldering iron attachment in sketchup, then used the “File->Export->3D Model->COLLADA File (*.dae)” option to make a file shapeways could import. Here is what the original model looked like:

I think I’ll try etching brass or steel to make another iron in the future with crisper letters.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#3 posted 09-19-2015 04:53 PM

That’s pretty cool, I was wondering if the resolution on a 3D printer would be high enough for that… What’s the size of the brand?

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#4 posted 09-19-2015 04:55 PM

Thanks Mos. According to shapeways, the bounding box is 1.041 x / 1.25 y / 1.021 z inches. They charge per cubic cm, so keep the volume small to make it cheaply.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#5 posted 09-19-2015 05:02 PM

Yeah, I’ve had a couple things printed at Shapeways, and the pricing makes sense to me. I’ve used a site called Ponoko before too, that does laser cutting/engraving and they charge on a time basis (how long it will take the laser to cut it out). I was just curious what size your iron was, to get an idea of how small the text was. It doesn’t look too bad for that size though.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com

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