Challenged to create and print a “connection” using Solidworks, I began to notice clever connections all around me. Fixated on the brilliant systems that we use every day without second thought, I decided to explore the clasp. While it is frequently used to display beautiful objects, the clasp is not often recognized for its own design.
Printing the piece proved to be much more complicated than the nature of the device itself. In order to remove the support material that is a part of the printing process, I was forced to print the clasp in multiple parts with the intention of snapping them together, locking the sliding part inside. There was much consideration of the thickness and flexibility of the printing material in determining measurements, but first I had to understand the inner-workings of the mechanism. After much trial and error, I ended up with a fully-functional giant plastic clasp.