3D Printed Pencil Cup

3D Pencil Cup – Fail and Success



Step One: To decide what I wanted to print, Mr. Sader advised me to use Thingiverse, a website which has thousands of 3D printing ideas and already made files.


Step Two: My first print, the fail, I had landed on was a two coloured, woven together, pencil cup/holder. I read every comment, looked at all the makes, and remixes and all looked good. As a result of the print having two colours we assumed that the two different files, the top and base, would just weave together once each print was complete.

Step Three: I downloaded both STL files, uploaded the files onto Dremel, changed the files to Standard PLA and removed the supports, as the ‘Thing Details’ said they aren’t required.

Step Four: We printed the base first. Once it was complete, Mr. Sader realized that once we had both pieces, there was absolutely no was of being able to twist both parts together to make one. With more research, we later found out that it was only possible to have one print, with two colours, using a machine where you could have to colours loaded and being used at once. So all-in-all…..technically the first print wasn’t a fail, but technically it was.



Christmas Challenge

Mr. Sader gave us a whole pile of different kinds of material, mainly wood, to make a few projects out of. Because it’s getting close to the Christmas season, a few of my projects are going to be Christmas themed.

Our given materials are shown below;


Project One – Layered Christmas Ornament

Step One: For this project, I used both of the 4 x 4 plates of wood to help achieve the layered look. One plate includes my name, the word ‘Christmas,’ and the current year. Please see refrence image below;


Step Two: Using Adobe Illistrator, I uploaded the snowflake image. We created new cutlines where required, and smoothed out the circles that are part of the snowflake design. We adjusted the Paths setting to 86% and Corners setting to 87%.

Step Three: We created another file, and added a plain circle to the blank canvas. Inside of my circle, I arranged my name, the word ‘Christmas,’ and the year all to my preferred font and font size.

Step Four: We combined our first file and design, the snowflake, with our second file and design, our print and circle outline, so the Glowforge could print both at the same time but in seperate steps when instructed.

Step Five: Alligned our two 4 x 4 plates of wood in the Glowforge and Mr. Sader uploaded my design onto the Glowforge app on his end.

Step 6: The finished project!


Project Two – Layered Christmas Card

Step One: I was able to find an already designed example of a layered Christmas card on the Glowforge catalogue that required two pieces of differenlthy coloured card stock paper. Please see refrence image below;


Step Two: I arranged two pieces of card stock paper, with magnets placed in various spots to prevent the cut out pieces of paper from flying everywhere.

Step Three: Alligned the design onto each piece of paper on Mr. Saders end, using the Glowforge app.

Step Four: Print….and complete!


Project Three – Family Tree

Step One: Using our heart – shaped wood plate, I created my family tree. Please see refrence image below;


Step Two: We made some alterations to the darkness of the tree, so when the names were lasered onto the wood, they’d appear lighter. We changed the first Glowforge setting to just above 750, and the second setting to just below 60, and printed.

Step Three: For the names, we changed the first setting to just below 1000, and the second a bit under 100, and printed the names overtop of the already completed tree. We placed the names over their own branch, having my parents names closer to the middle and my sister and I on the outside. To prevent any darker scoring that may result from the names, we decided to place a layer of painters tape on the surface of the heart.

Step Four: Just for the heck of it, we made the choice to print the exact same design on the opposite of the heart. I wanted it to be an ornament to place on the Christmas tree, so we added a circular engraving to slip a string threw. We taped the other side after completeing the tree design and proceeded to print the names.

Step Five: Remove the tape, tie your chosen string, and done!


Project Four – Laser Engraved Pencil

Step One: Find a quote or saying that you would like to print onto your pencil. I decided on “Dear Santa, it’s a long story…”

Step Two: Arrange the pencil in the Glowforge. To keep the pencil in place, we placed each into their own individual pencil holder to help keep the laser printing in place.

Step Three: Using the Glowforge app, we adjusted the text far enough from the metal wrap so it wouldn’t catch and engrave it instead. We changed the power to 60, and the material thickness to 7.4mm.

Step Four: Print, and complete!


Project Five РLaser Engraved Nametag 

Step One: Using a 4 x 4 plate of wood, I created my own personnel nametag. Please see refrence image below;

Step Two: Add a fair size sqaure/rectangle onto your blank canvas. Using guides, bring in the corners to shape the base.

Step Three: Inside of the outline, I typed my name with the chosen font. I made the font white, so when it printed it just scored on the outside, outlining each letter. The rest of the tag I made grey to instruct the glowforge to score all of the grey. I allgined the font in the centre of the tag and added a cut hole to loop a string through later.

Step Four: Just for simplicity sake and to be orgnized, I rearranged my layers to show the cutting first, and the scoring second.

Step Five: Place material in the Glowforge and upload the file onto the app. Adujst the first Glowforge setting to just above 750 (green line), and the second setting to in the middle of 80 and 100 (purple line).

Step Six: Arrange the print on the material. As a result of the tag being a fairly small size, we were able to fit three differently sized nametags on the single plate of wood.

Step Seven: Print, and complete! Your very own, personalized nametag.











Glowforge 4″x 4″ Engraving

Step 1: Choose an image to be laser ingraved. I chose a Bitmoji image and emailed it to myself to later on be transferred to Adobe Illustrator and Glowforge.

Step 2: Upload your image onto Abobe Illustrator. In the top left corner near Window, choose View and scrole down to Rulers and change the units to milimetres. Add a secondary layer and add a red rectangle for the cutline. For our image, we brought in the corners to 10mm to achieve the rounded corners. After we brought the rest of the white rectangle in. This step is not required, but it creates a cleaner and tidier look.

Note: Place the “raster’ graphic but do not image trace it.

Step 3: One of the most imporant steps included in this process is saving your image as an SVG file. The reasoning of having to save your image as an SVG is so that when you’re ready to upload your image onto the Glowforge app, it displays both your cutline and scoring. To save as an SVG, go File, save as, and save your image onto desktop. There it should allow you to click on the blue and white arrows to open up the saving options. Choose SVG and make sure you have Embed selected.

Step 4: Send your teacher your SVG file. There they will uplaod your file onto the Glowforge app. As a result of saving your image as an SVG file, when you do upload your file onto Glowforge, on the far left hand side both your scoring and cutline outlines should pop up.

Step 5: The final step of the 4″ x 4″ Engraving. Print your image!




Expo Colours in Iliustrator

Step One: For students who hadn’t used Aobe Ilistrator, we started an account using our ecacs email, and created a personnel password.

Step Two: Once you’re signed in, upload your chosen image, which in our case was the EXPO image, onto Adobe’s Cloud.

Step Three: After we uploaded our EXPO image onto Adobe’s Cloud, we realized that the letter ‘O’ had an outline that the printer would’ve cut out, which we didn’t want to be included in the final print. To erase the unwanted engraving, we went to the catagory ‘Layers,’ put the padlock onto ‘Cutline,’ and allowed all the eyeballs to be turned on all on the left side of catagory labeled ‘Layer 1.’

Step Four: Next we selected the ‘O” with the blue border, and turned all of the left eyeballs off, except the ones controlling the ‘O’ and the catagory listed ‘Layer 1.’

Step Five: Our final step to erasing the unwanted engraving was to go ‘Window’ on the top of our screen, find ‘Pathfinder,’ and on the pop up, under ‘Shape Modes,’ we selected the two solid blocks that show the name ‘Unite’ when selected.

Step Six: To find the correct colour for the EXPO design to match the hats, we found an online website, called Color Codes, that has countlesss different shades of every color imaginable. Each different color lists the numbers used for the RGB.

Color Codes website – colorcodes.io


Step Seven: We printed the final design of the EXPO image and started weeding out the unwanted scraps, using our red pick and swiggy.

Step Eight: Once printed, we pressed the designs onto each white arpon using the waffle iron. We alligned the print vertically centre on the outside of each white apron.

Step Nine: Complete! We made a total of twenty – four aprons, using six different colours; black, green, blue, hot pink, orange, and red. Each colour had 4 aprons total.






GLOWFORGE ‘Snap and Store Box’ – Project #1

Step 1: We picked our design off of the GlowForge catalog.

Step 2: Placed our chosen material (Medium Basswood hardwood) in the printer case, and turned on the printer along with its air filter.

Step 3: Once the printer and air filter was turned on, the computers screen then linked to the printer, allowing us to see our materiel that was inside the printer on our end.

Step 4: Once we had picked our design we wished to print, we aligned the digital image onto the wood that had been placed into the printer, on our computer screen.

Step 5: The computer screen then showed an approximate printing time, and advised us to press the teal button to start the laser printing.

Step 6: After the printing was complete, we removed our pieces from the GlowForge and began to peel off the protective layer of masking tape from the engraved pieces.

Step 7: Last but not least, we assembled the pieces together using clear tape. As a result of this specific print having such tiny engravings included, a few little pieces came off due to our chosen material being so cheap. Overall, we will call this first project a fail, and remember to use a sturdier material for our next attempt.

Step 8: The final product! We removed the tape and re – assembled the box, using hot glue to piece together.


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