Mixee Bag

This is a beautiful, geometric bag with 3D printed "fabric" that folds at the hinges. All these little hinges are printed in place so minimal assembly is required.

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Inspired by Issey Miyake and Nervous System. Made with Blender and printed on an Ultimaker 2+.

Description

I get compliments on it regularly and it's super easy to open and close due to the magnetic clasp. The clasp is magnetized so the bags and bag just snap shut, because nobody likes fiddling around with buttons and buckles.

Each side of the bag is printed in one piece. The hinges on each surface are printed in place, so the β€œfabric” moves and bends right out of the printer. The two sides are then manually assembled together using 3D printed components that snap into place.

You can also adjust the size of the bag by copying/pasting the squares and triangles. Make a cross body bag, wallet, clutch with the same components!

Also see related design Mixee Wallet: https://www.youmagine.com/designs/mixee-wallet/

Materials and methods

1. 3D PRINT THE PIECES
Print crossbody_side.stl twice using this setting: 0.2mm layer height, 0.6mm top/bottom (OR 0.4mm bottom and 0.6mm top), no support or layer adhesion.

TIP: Use heated glass plate to achieve glossy, candy-shell finish.

Print the rest of the components using this setting: 0.2mm layer height, 0.6mm top/bottom (OR 0.4mm bottom and 0.6mm top), with a brim of 5 loops.

NOTE: I included two sets of crossbody_side_stoppers_xxx.stl. These are the plugs that go into the side hinges. There's one type that's easier to print, but you'll need to use superglue to get it to adhere to the bag. There's another type that's trickier to print, but you can just snap it into place (no superglue needed). I would try the snap version first, and if it's not working use the superglue version.

TIP: Print a sample of the chain first and then print the rest. The chain is probably the trickiest piece to print. It requires that you calibrate the printer to deal with overhangs very well.

2. ASSEMBLY
Take the two sides and face them together (bottom layers face outwards). Insert the skewers (the long rods) into the side hinges. Either snap the stoppers or glue the stoppers (see note above) to hold the skewers in place.

Insert magnet (neodymium cylindrical magnets, 1/4" diameter x 1/2" length) into the clasp, and super glue the magnet stoppers in place. You can stack smaller magnets. For example, you can use two cylindrical magnets of 1/4" diameters x 1/4" length to achieve the same strength and magnetic effect. The bag should just snap together in place afterwards.

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Ultimaker - The Ultimaker 2
Result:
For me it was hard to print, but I learned a lot. Having finished now, I can say that the design is brilliant. My biggest problem was the chain. Please print the "chain test", and try to destroy it. If you can destroy it, try another material. My solution to all troubles was using petG
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Thank you Nancy, your part will become a christmas gift for my wife.
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