I’ve recently been checking out the clever 3D printed designs being uploaded at Thingiverse. Thingiverse is a community of makers who upload digital designs to share with other members. What impresses me about the community is that people are constantly pushing 3D printing in new directions by offering suggestions or improving other’s designs…
Thingiverse user eried has created some 3D printable velcro adhesive which works relatively well given that it is coarser than mass produced velcro. As a first prototype it shows a lot of promise and is an excellent proof of concept.
The velcro is printed with 0.3mm ABS with a MK6 extruder on a Makerbot. Due to current printing limitations eried mentions you’ll likely need to use a knife to clean up some of the nodules.
If you’re interested in eried’s work, he has provided files for download including STL and Sketchup.
David is an industrial designer from New Zealand. He contributes a weekly article on personal fabrication for Ponoko. You can follow him on Twitter @dizymac