Does he have more important things to worry about? Probably. If I try to start a beef with him over this, would he take the bait? Anyone want to find out?!

Also known as Kanye’s Nightmare.

Haha.  You think I’m kidding.

Seriously though, 3D printing is not going to destroy the fashion industry (if anything, it’s revolutionizing it).  Especially not this little purse I whipped up for my daughter after watching how much she likes playing with my wife’s.  Granted, she’s not as into this one, but I’d like to think it’s because of the distinct lack of phone inside (she loves the Snowspeeder I upgraded last year though, and she now points to images of Wookies and exclaims, “Bacca!” so I’m doing something right).

Anyway, this is a multi-part experimental purse-build designed so that the edges “stitch” together.  Maybe you’ll like it better?

Oh, and the artsy “Z” on the front was found HERE, by artist Doug Sheets.  The hyperlink to him on that site doesn’t seem to go anywhere, so if you know how to contact him, tell him I say, “Thanks!”

Parts List:

Ninjaflex Semiflex – Fenner Drives (Or grab some sample quantities from GlobalFSDPrintrbot, or 3DPrintNY.  Make sure to verify how much you need before diving in.)

Helpful Tools:

3D Printer (Capable of properly extruding flexible materials.)

Needle-Nose Pliers.

  1. Print out Parts

    Files can be found on ThingiverseYouMagine, Cults3D, and MyMiniFactory

    4/11/2018 UPDATE:  Consolidating the number of places hosting the files.  More changes to come, but they’re still available for free.

    March 2020 UPDATE: Files can be downloaded directly from this site at the bottom of the page.  They are also available on Prusa Printers!

    Refer to my earlier-posted printer settings for the best way to extrude flexible filaments (unless of course you have different materials and/or a better idea than I), arrange them so they’re flat on your build bed, and go to town.

    In the end, you’ll have all these:

    I realize now that I possibly could have printed the majority of this as one piece, but that would have defeated the purpose of the experiment and would have taken roughly a millennia to print.


  2. Assemble Panels

    Use your needle-nose pliers to “sew” them all together.

    Who woke up this morning wondering if you could stitch with needle-nose pliers?!

  3. Assemble Strap

    The ends of the strap are designed to tightly and securely fit in the side panels.  You’re gonna have to weave them through the slits.


    Start at the top.


    Through the bottom.


    Now center.


    And back to the top.


Do that on both sides, and you’re finished!

Don’t limit yourself to this being an infantile purse either.  It could be a snack-pack, a very small and well-disguised bug-out-bag, or a case to carry bottles of Kanye’s tears.  In any event, get creative.

Like what you’ve been seeing here?  Follow me on twitter @DragonMtnDesign.  Really like it?  Consider giving me a donation/tip on MyMiniFactory, Cults3D, or Thingiverse (because that is apparently a thing now too).

Alright, one final thing about Kanye:  Have you seen the floating stage he’s using for his Saint Pablo tour?  That thing is bananas and I love it.

10/12/16 UPDATE: 3DprintNY made a Z-Purse and posted a wonderful video of the build.  Thank you!

11/17/16 UPDATE: Z-Purse Featured in Make: Vol 54!

It is an incredible honor to have my work featured alongside some of the biggest names in 3D printing.  Thank you, Make:!

Really could use a haircut and trim on my beard.

Bucket list just got one line shorter!




March 2020 UPDATE:  Files are available here!  Click the Download button below for a zip file.

Files are available under the Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license.

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