Using Anarkik3D Design: set up

Once you have your Falcon, your activation codes 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 go back to our buying guide.

Using Anarkik3D Design: basics

Once you’re all set up and raring to go we’ve plenty of resources to support you and get you creating wonderful 3D masterpieces.

You can watch our online video tutorials on using Anarkik3D Design. They’re short and sweet, so you’ll be creating models within half an hour. There are also work sheets that go with the videos and can be used separately. Alternatively, you can read our manual. Anarkik3D Design uses some of the standard shortcut keys to make it easy to learn. For example, Ctrl+C allows you to copy, and Ctrl+V allows you to paste. You can see the keyboard shortcuts here and print them out for easy reference.

Inspiration

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.

Have a look at our Anarkik3D’s Pinterest Boards. Don’t be afraid to go beyond jewellery either. 3D printed accessories for house and office for example, and you can personalise models by importing ones created in other programmes such as Rhino, or a free or bought virtual model in .stl.format and rework it to suit you.

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)

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 companies for details.

Printing your work

Visit our 3D printing page for information on particular materials, and getting in touch with 3D printing service companies as this is how you 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.

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
Don’t limit yourself to plastic

You can print in plastic, resin, ceramic, glass, metals, paper and many more. The list keeps growing.

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.

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 to be 3D printed in Titanium, and to fit 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