Getting set up
Once you have your Falcon, your activation code and a downloaded copy of the Anarkik3D Design software, you are ready to go. Check out our easy step-by-step installation guide here. If you’re still missing something then you can go back to our buying guide instead.
Anarkik3D Design basics
Once you’re all set up and raring to go we’ve plenty of resources to get you creating wonderful 3D masterpieces.
You can watch our online video tutorials. They’re short and sweet, so you’ll be creating models within half an hour. Alternatively, you can read our manual. Anarkik3D Design uses some of the same shortcut keys as software like Microsoft Word, to make it easy to learn. For example, Ctrl+X allows you to cut, and Ctrl+V allows you to paste. You can see the keyboard shortcuts here and print them out for easy reference.
If you are looking for inspiration, visit Our Community. We have a blog with the latest news and events plus a section with helpful links. In our showcase of 3D printed jewellery, Anarkik Creations, you can see work by professional jewellers who use Anarkik3D Design.
Don’t be afraid to go beyond jewellery either. 3D printed clothes, shoes and accessories have been hitting the catwalk, and you can personalise handy items such as phone cases by importing the right model in .stl.format and adjusting it to suit you. There are virtual 3D models available for free or to buy, so you can import them into Anarkik3D Design to rework them. You can import the following file types into Anarkik3D Design: .stl and obj. Models can be exported as .stl, .obj and .wrl (for colour printing)
Don’t limit yourself to plastic
You can print in plastic, resin, ceramic, glass, metals and many more. The list keeps growing. This printer extrudes ABS to turn virtual models into these beautiful stools by Thorsten Franck.
Anarkik3D’s founder printed part of her daughter’s wedding ring in titanium. Working with a goldsmith, Teena Ramsay, Ann Marie created a flowing titanium ring that slotted together with the gold engagement ring and diamond. Below you can see the stages of development – in Anarkik3D Design, as printed prototypes for testing size, and as the finished rings.
Mum, having made my wedding ring has given us a unique and special gift
Kari, Ann Marie Shillito’s daughter
Designing for 3D printing
If you intend to print out your design you need to take care that your model will work in real life. For example, in the virtual world it is possible to pull one surface through another, making an impossible real-world object. Make sure the walls of your object aren’t too thin. Making your models hollow will help keep costs down, as will printing prototypes in plastic before printing using any expensive materials.
Please visit this page for a more in-depth guide to designing for 3D printing. There may be specific concerns for particular materials, so please visit the website of a 3D printing service for details.
Combine Anarkik3D with other techniques
The possibilities are endless. Elizabeth Armour finishes her 3D printed jewellery by hand, setting each piece with beads and gemstones. Ann Marie Shillito used loom bands to connect her 3D jewellery together to great effect. Farah Bandookwala combined the strengths of Anarkik3D Design with the strengths of Rhino, a more traditional CAD package that she used to design the fittings for the electronics for her interactive designs.
Printing your work
Visit our 3D printing page for information on designing for particular materials, or getting in touch with a 3D printing service.
You may wish to get your own 3D printer to use at home, which can be used for prototypes as well as finished pieces. It can also be used to print useful items such as plant supports and personalised phone cases. If the shops don’t sell something you need, just design and print it yourself! Anarkik3D recommend Ultimaker 3D printers as they are reliable and good value. However, the options range from build-it-yourself kits up to printers that cost thousands of pounds, depending on your needs.