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Making My Groomsmen’s Gifts Meaningful

by • May 8, 2016 • No Comments

Weddings are filled with gifts, and not only the ones you obtain. The mother of the bride, the bridesmaids, the groomsmen, they all get gifts of the bride and groom. I wanted to donate my groomsmen gifts they mayn’t get anywhere else, and which
intended createing them myself.

lightbulb cufflink for groomsmen

If you are
haven’t been next along, I’m Dan, and this month I’m sharing how I utilized
3D printing to very ownize my wedding. For my groomsmen, I wanted a thing uniform they may wear at the wedding, but in addition
a thing which
was one-of-a-kind to every of them, so I created
them cufflinks. Similar to the engagement and wedding rings I created and 3D printed, I got much additional for my money than I may have if it I’d bought cufflinks retail, and the gifts were significant and truly very own.

DREAM UP THE DESIGN

This was the hardest part: deciding what to manufacture for every of them. Some thoughts came additional fully created and I started with those. Others I require
ed to play with for a bit, sketching out different types of
thoughts until I landed on the one which
felt right.

3D version of lightbulb cufflink

3D version of lightbulb cufflink

MODEL THE DESIGNS

I utilized
OnShape, learning hands-on as I went. I started with the creations I knew I may version while researching the showcases
to manufacture the other shapes. At one point I discovered I mayn’t manufacture as intricate a create as I wanted, so had to rework my thought until it came out right.

OR ALTER AN EXISTING MODEL

For the airplane cufflinks I created
for one of my groomsmen who loves to travel, the ideal
3D printed plane may already
existed on Thindonaterse. The copyright was open to use, and I confirmed with the artist which
he was okay with my altering his create, so I just replaced the base he had for the airplane with a cufflink stem.

plane cufflink for groomsmen

Airplane cufflink

ADD A MONOGRAM

To very ownize these actually additional, my groomsmen’s initials were engraved into the base of every cufflink. I created this in CAD as I mayn’t mirror the text for the left and right cufflink but require
ed to mirror them separately, and so alter the orientation and add it into my OnShape version of the create.

PROTOTYPE THE DESIGN

I printed the cufflinks in Strong and Flexible Plastic to test out the creations on one of my shirts. I discovered I require
ed to thicken the stem as well as tweak a few of the creations to manufacture them all almost the same dimensions. So I printed the final versions in Silver.

guitar-beforeandafter

Before and after via silver polish

GIVE IT A HANDMADE TOUCH

I’d seen which
you may polish silver, adding a chemical patina to it which
gave the create additional depth and more detail. I tested this out on a sample and and so polished every cufflink with Liver of Sulpher to donate it additional of a multi-dimensional, handcreated
feel.

GIFT AWAY!

The gift wasn’t a total surprise since I’d told my groomsmen they didn’t require
to get cufflinks for their tuxedo shirts, but which
I’d created every cufflink for them fish with monogram blew them away. They were excited by this and had fun revealing them off at the wedding and explaining the meaning of their wearing a plane, a globe, a lightbulb, a guitar and a wedge of cheese.

custom created
 cufflinks for groomsmen

The whole system
took of two months, createing the cufflinks on a rolling basis, with of a week or two to conceive and version a create and two weeks to print it. On Thursday, I’ll share a step-by-step guide on how I versioned the cufflinks, but if you don’t feel your create skills are up to this, you can always use one of our Designers For Hire to do it for you.

And no, I did not create cufflinks for myself. I discovered the ideal
pair
in one of our community members’ shops instead!

What may you create for your wedding party or to wear at your wedding?


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