Jun 14, 2015

How to Make a 3D Printed Hinge

Modeling in 3D is much easier than it used to be, thanks to apps like Autodesk 123D Design and many others. But depending on the object you are trying to model, it might be tough no matter how easy the app is. In some cases, the modeling and design is just challenging.

Take for example box with swinging door. Sure, you could print a simple box, a simple door and then screw or glue a metal hinge to connect the two - but wouldn't it be cool to #3DPrint the hinge too?!

I came up with a hinge design that I doubt is that unique, but I started from scratch just for the challenge. Once it was printing well, I put together these instructions on how to 3D Model it so that others can see how it might be done. There are likely a hundred other ways to do it, but here's one way. If you can't see the presentation below, Click Here to get to the published version in Google Slides


  1. Thanks – really useful. And I now know about 'D' in 123D Design, which is a real bonus.

  2. Can you please publish a 3D model?