When the “Made in 3D” challenge was announced I was really excited about the possibility to bring ideas and virtual objects to real life!
I therefore wanted to design a shape which would be both useful and pleasing to the eye, while respecting the 3D printing constraints.
My main idea was to create an object exposing earrings and other jewels in an original and eye-catching way. I came up with this model, with little holes to bear earrings, as illustrated here: http://www.3dvia.com/models/EFEA59E5F7C9DBED/treasure-blossom-illustrated . I added a plate at the bottom to allow other sorts of jewels to be carried as well, and to further increase stability.
The biggest challenge was to create something elegant, yet useful and stable, in a 15cm cube! Creating all the holes one by one in 3DVIA Shape also proved quite challenging: because of the curved surfaces of the model, it was not possible to simply duplicate the holes, since not two faces are the same.
Finally, I tried to find the right balance between maximizing the usable surface and keeping the model light enough. I quite like the way the different patterns play with light when you view them from different angles. Every time I see it I can think of a new decorative use to it, and I hope you will find one too!