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It has now come to this…3D bone folder printing

As I was going about my daily routine of non-focused internet searching, I discovered a company that will make you a bone folder using a 3D printer. Shapeways allows you to print objects using a variety of materials, including plastic, gold, sterling silver, steel, and castable wax.

Welcome to the future.

The designer of this bone folder is a mysterious individual named Designsoul. If his bone folders don’t float your boat, you can always order one of his Mexican Wrestlers (El Gladiator). 

Price varies depending on size (small, medium, and large) and your choice of material. Here are the options:

  • Blue Strong & Flexible Polished: Dark blue, richly colored nylon plastic with a smooth finish.
  • White Strong & Flexible: White nylon plastic with a matte finish and slight grainy feel.
  • Black Strong & Flexible: Black nylon plastic with a matte finish and slight grainy feel.
  • White Strong & Flexible Polished: White nylon plastic polished to reveal a smooth matte finish.
  • Polished Metallic Plastic: Grey nylon plastic with a subtle metallic sparkle and polished sheen.

Being the curious me that I am, I decided to give one of these a try. Who am I to turn down the chance to own a blue bone folder?

I chose the medium size, which measures 5.906″ x 0.124″ x 0.913″. Not only can you choose your color, but you can also add custom text to one of these babies. Unfortunately, my business name is too long (boo), so I decided to go with the ever-so-inspiring Fold it baby!

It will be interesting to try this thing out. Is nylon similar to teflon? Does it rub off on paper and/or other materials? Does it wear down? How does it feel in your hand?

My order has an estimated ship date of February 2nd – when the bone folder arrives, I’ll put it through its paces and report back my findings.

2 Responses to “It has now come to this…3D bone folder printing”

By daria wilber - 25 January 2017 Reply

I’m interested to hear your review on this!

By Ralph Zoontjens - 11 September 2017 Reply

Thank you for posting this.

My name is Ralph Zoontjens, I am the designer of this item and owner of Designsoul. I have used this bone folder with pleasure myself, to answer your questions:

“Is nylon similar to teflon? Does it rub off on paper and/or other materials? Does it wear down? How does it feel in your hand?”

Nylon is an engineering plastic and very durable so it will last for many years. The 3D printing process fuses powder together into a solid object (not unlike Superman did in a 1964 comic with his laser eyes) and therefore the objects have a slightly grainy finish which provides a nice grip to the hand. It does not damage the paper although the color dyes can slightly rub off over time, and are not water-resistant. For uses involving wet materials I recommend buying the uncolored white version.

Thanks, and let us know if we can improve our products!

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