3D printed personalized key holder

Thinking about the most, not so useful objects I can 3D-design and print using my newly acquired 3D printer, I suddenly came out with the idea of building a personalized key holder today, which I am going to bring you through some of the steps I went by, to bring to life.

First thing first for this small project, I needed to determine the look of the keyholder. I do not need something too fancy, but I will most appreciate if it can bear a logo of mine or anything making it stand out.

I will be using 123D Design to design the key holder and will make sure I export the file in STL so that the 3D printer can read it and print.

A Personalized key holder design

PreDesign

While brainstorming, I came out with the following designs.

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Initially, I intended to build only one of these, but I later thought it will be great to build the whole set and have the printer print all in a single printing session.

CAD design

Design 1

While taking dimensions into consideration, I got the following design

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And these sketches led me to alter the design a bit more.

123D design – Design 1

Lunch your 123D Design or any software you may be using and get the following 3D object created.

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Now let’s make it less rough by rounding edges

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Let’s add the logo

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Now, the last piece.

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That was a quick one. A little bit of laziness and some design constraints (3D printer resolution) led me to end up with something totally different from what I planned. Let’s see what they will look like once printed.

let’s now select one other design a go with it.

Design 2

For the second design, I am going to use the dimensions stated on the image below. I have not included all part of the key holder, This is just for you to have a rough opinion of the dimensions I am considering for the design.

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123D design – Design 2

Here is the final picture which I ended up with.

Let’s get the major structure  designed.

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Now let’s add the logo

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Design 3

For this one, I went all freestyle and came up with the final design shown below.

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While these are just some basic few-minute designs, feel free to decide to go more serious on designing your keyholder using some of the techniques I tried to lay down in this post.

Just for the sake of curiosity, I decided to look for some of the best-personalized key holders on the internet and felt the need to share these fabulous designs.

Stylized weapon keyring
Stylized greatsword N.2 keyring
Archlinux logo keyholder
Keyholder

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