3D Printed Studded Kiss Travel Brush Holder Details

The 3d Printed Travel Makeup Brush Holder was I think a great transition from the beauty world into the 3d printing one on YouTube as it allowed me to transition you guys without a drastic change from one to the next.  (on a side note, I had a minor freak out moment with this print after I posted it to Instagram and Kat Von D herself commented how cool it was! eek!)  So this was my first foray into 3d printing on YouTube, and to be honest I struggled a bit with explaining things and determining exactly what I wanted to say and why.  I got there in the end and there is definitely lots of room for improvement but I thought it would be a good idea for me to go into a little more detail on the blog about the print itself and the complications designing it.

The print itself was fairly straight forward-

Material: Flashforge ABS in black
Print Temp: 225C
Bed Temp: 95C
Adhesion: AquaNet on Glass
Layer Height: 100 microns (.1mm)
Infill: 20% rectangle for first 2mm, 20% triangle for top 2mm and 10% triangle for the rest
Time: 12 hours for shorter print, 15 hours for taller print
Speed: 60m/s printing, 80m/s travel
Filament Used: approx .56lbs
Slicer: Simplify3D Design
Printer: FlashForge Creator Pro

(if there are any other details that you’d like me to include please let me know in the comments below)

I designed this using Blender as I said in the video but I don’t really think this is the type of thing that works best in Blender.  The brush holder is in need of exact measurements often copied over and over in multiple areas.  Blender is more of a sculpt as you go to create things like characters, scenes or objects, but something that needs to interlock together became difficult to adjust once it was created.  This may simply be because I’m a novice at the program but I have a feeling doing something like this in SketchUp or 123D Design might have been a better fit.

I was able to do it, but now that it is complete and I need to make some adjustments I’m having a really hard time, whereas in SketchUp, it took only seconds for me to make the adjustment in the first place.  The adjustments that I needed to make was making the connection a little tighter so that there was less wiggle when the two pieces come together.  After doing some research, it looks like the rule of thumb for 3d printing is that you leave a .25mm gap between connectors to ensure that it will fit together in case there is shrinking or printing issues of any kind.  I had printed it with about twice that gap because I was worried about it being too hard to pull apart.

SlicingAll in all, I’m pretty proud of the print and I’m to be honest shocked that the Kat Von D Beauty team hasn’t come up with the idea before now, although who knows after they’ve seen it, maybe they will!  I’ve been asked by a couple of people if this is something I’d be willing to sell and I’m not sure if I legally can, since it was based off of one of Kat Von D’s designs.  I’d have to consult a lawyer to make sure I wasn’t going to get into any trouble.  Regardless though, it’s not quite ready for that.  I still need to make some adjustments, print the top section of the print again to make sure that it comes together the way I want it to before reprinting the whole thing.  (Course now I need more ABS since I just more than half a spool just on this! yikes!)  If it ever does come to that, where I want to sell the completed designs, I’ll be sure to let you guys know where to find them.


Do you have anything you’d like to see me design or print?  I’m welcoming any challenges you might have for me!  Check out Thingiverse for some 3d print files and let me know if there is anything you think I should try out!

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*The Kat Von D Lock-it Concealer is amazing, super full coverage but can be blended out and lasts all freaking day!  The powder is very siliconey which I love, and sets the concealer perfectly, that being said I have dry skin and only use a tiny bit.  Lastly these brushes are amazing, I love them both and want more of them.  I received these 5 products from Influenster for testing purposes, the lipstick in Cathedral was purchased with my own money.  This influenster voxbox was the inspiration for the brush holder design.

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