Why Anarkik3DDesign

Anarkik3DDesign is our programme as it is specifically for designer makers, applied artists, creative people like us who have the right mindset and skills to exploit and explore the digital technologies of 3D modelling and 3D printing. It is for people like us who want to bypass CAD because these industrial programmes do not fit well with how we work.

As creative people we love what we do. We work with our hands, our tools, our knowledge of materials and processes, using our skills to make a living from our practice. Touch is important to all this as it is through doing that we gain so much of our tacit knowledge about working with materials and processes.

This knowledge we have of real world making is a valuable asset for 3D designing for 3D printing as makers have the experience of
materials and processes to intelligently inform the digital stage, reducing the likelihood of designing the unmakable! (Justin Marshall 2001)

Anarkik3DDesign haptic 3D modelling package: laptop with digital design of a 'bee' pin, plugged in Falcon haptic device and a 3D printed 'bee' pin. Anarkik3DDesign is for people like us - designer makers, applied artists and creative people avoiding using CAD!
Anarkik3DDesign: haptic 3D modelling package for people like us – designer makers, applied artists and creative people avoiding using CAD!

Anarkik3DDesign is haptic. It has 3D virtual touch and is specifically for people like us who want to engage with 3D digital modelling and 3D printing on our terms. We want to achieve the balance between digital and working and thinking through hand-making. By incorporating the sensation of ‘touching and feeling’ into working digitally we tap into how we naturally interact in the real world. This means less adapting to do to get to grips with navigating and working in a digital environment. And this means being able to get into being creative from the start!

Why Anarkik3DDesign: it is easy to set up and get creative

Anarkik3D Design is ‘plug & play’ because people like us just want to get into being creative. So we just plug in the Falcon haptic device we purchased, have the activation codes handy, download Anarkik3DDesign software, follow the set-up wizard, and we are ready to go. Check out easy step-by-step installation guide here

Anne Earls Boylan: “Who knew a simple shift for a technological illiterate might be so simple?  It is harder to get to grips with the PC than your programme!” (19/4/2018)

Using Anarkik3DDesign: basics

Once set up and raring to go there are plenty of resources to support us and get us on the way to creating wonderful 3D masterpieces.

Anarkik3D does organise classes and masterclasses but Anarkik3DDesign is easy to learn with the video tutorials. These are short and sweet, so we’ll be creating models within half an hour. There are also work sheets to go with the videos and can be used separately. Alternatively, read the functions list accessed from here. Anarkik3DDesign uses some standard shortcut keys to speed up modelling. For example, Ctrl+C allows us to copy, and Ctrl+V to paste. The keyboard shortcuts are here: print out for easy reference.


For inspiration, visit Anarkik Creations, to see work by professional jewellers who use Anarkik3DDesign. Anarkik3DDesign is not only for jewellery: its just that large 3D printed objects can be expensive and jewellery is small so there is more of it! 

Have a look at Anarkik3D’s Pinterest Boards. Why not design and 3D print accessories for house and office for example, and personalise them.

Designing for 3D printing

See this page for a guide to designing for 3D printing. There may be specific concerns for particular materials, so visit the websites of  3D printing service companies for practical information.

Otherwise for 3D printing we need to take care that our models 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. The walls of objects shouldn’t be too thin. Making models hollow helps keep costs down, as will 3D printing prototypes in plastic or polyamide before 3D printing in expensive materials.

Anarkik3DDesign is not just for creating models for 3D printing. Some of us use it for concept visualisation and translating the idea into a practical form, working and seeing it in the round before making it at the bench.

3D Printing your work

Anarkik3DDesign models can be exported as .stl  and as .wrl (for colour printing). The 3D printing page has information on particular materials, and getting in touch with 3D printing service companies as this is where we can get professional assistance and finished pieces.

You may wish to get your own 3D printer which can be used for prototyping as well as finished pieces. Anarkik3D can recommend Ultimaker 3D printers as ours is 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. and resources!

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 filament to connect her 3D jewellery pieces 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.

Models can be created in other programmes such as Rhino and imported in .stl and .obj format into Anarkik3DDesign. It is the same for free or bought virtual models .

Elizabeth Armour's jewellery set with silver and pearls

Elizabeth Armour’s jewellery set with silver and pearls
Farah Bandookwala's interactive sculpture
Farah Bandookwala’s interactive sculpture
Not limiting ourselves to plastic

Models can be 3Dprint in plastic, resin, ceramic, glass, metals, paper and many more. The list keeps growing.

Anarkik3D’s founder printed her daughter’s wedding ring in titanium. Ann Marie created a flowing 3D printed titanium ring that slotted together with the gold and diamond engagement ring that jeweller Teena Ramsay made. Below are the stages of development – the models in Anarkik3DDesign, as 3D printed prototypes for testing size, and as the finished rings.

Using Anarkik3D Design to prototype and finallise the model of wedding ring to be 3D printed in Titanium, and to fit the diamond set engagement ring.
Using Anarkik3D Design to prototype and finallise the model of wedding ring 3D printed in Titanium, that fits around the diamond set engagement ring.


Mum, having made my wedding ring has given us a unique and special gift

Kari, Ann Marie Shillito’s daughter