Design an Extraordinary Cabinet Knob or PullBlind

in 3D Printing Design held by Lionstail
Contest Ended, Winner(s) have been selected.
I own, a retail cabinet hardware site. I want to manufacture a line of unique, 3D printed cabinet hardware. This contest is for the design for one cabinet knob or pull. However, should I find a designer whose work I like, there could be far more work following. The final knobs will be produced in metal. They will need to be strong enough for daily use, stunning to look at, and capable of being screwed into a cabinet, which means they should have a threaded screw hole capable of receiving an 8-32 screw. The knob diameter can be anywhere between 1 1/4 inches and 1 1/2 inches. Also, the final piece needs to be capable of being submitted directly to Shapeways, and conform to all of their criteria for strength, wall thickness, etc. I'm not a techie, so if I have to modify anything to upload it, the knob is never going to get made.
I'm looking for designs that are beautiful, unique, and highlight what one can do with 3D printing. I'd love the winning piece to be something that can generate buzz, that people will share online as it's shows this uniqueness. Yet, as I'm selling functional hardware, it still needs to work well as a knob.
Don't Wants:
I'm not looking for any designs that could be made through other means, such as through a mold. I want designs that highlight the unique capabilities of 3D printing.
  1. AutoCAD (latest)
  2. anything that works with Shapeways
Additional Information
I received the question from one of the designers, since I specified a diameter, does the knob have to be round. That's a great question. The knob can be any shape whatsoever.

I just found out that the 3D printing technology can't handle the threaded piece for the screw, so I imagine that component will have to be added later. Thus, it's not necessary to have the threading in your designs, just a place for the threading to go. 1/8" diameter holes in the CAD Design should be sufficient for adding the threads post-production.

I've been getting questions regarding when I'm going to choose a winner. I apologize for the delay. There are a number of beautiful designs that I like quite a bit. However, I need to verify that all of them will successfully print and be strong enough for daily use. As I'm not an expert in these areas, it's taking me some time to complete this aspect.


1st Winner
#72 The Spiral Knob by Luka B.
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My last entry for this competition. Feedback is welcome!
Sep 5, 2014 18:38
2nd Winner
This is my first model,
I have attached the pdf with the check data i made in shapeways, that confirms the compatibility with my model.
I will ad more models in the same way, with the shapeway checks made.
Thank you
Best regards
Lakatos Petru
Aug 22, 2014 9:29
3rd Winner
#40 round voronoi knob by Albertus Putra
this is just simple round knob, but it will be high valuable with its voronoi pattern
Mathematical art is the latest trend in 3D print, include this voronoi pattern
I can make another knobs with other mathematical art pattern, I think it will fulfill your needs in functional yet unique shape
Sep 1, 2014 6:56
#64 Flower of liife knob by PETER LAKATOS
Hello This entry and the ones that will follow will have the 1/8" hole. I regret being late with them, i had some personal problems.
Sep 5, 2014 11:13
#62 SG-CADCROWD-CabinetKnob-1 by Designer1
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Sep 5, 2014 10:55
#39 The Flower Knob by Luka B.
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This is my second entry. I don't know if you are printing with a multiple colour 3D printer but also a one color edition would (I think) look good.
Feedback is welcome!
Aug 31, 2014 16:28
#34 The Leaf knob by Luka B.
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This is my first 3D print oriented knob design where I tried to do a leaf like knob. It is extra enforced in order to handle the force of pulling.
Any suggestions or other feedback is welcome!
Aug 29, 2014 8:07
#43 fibonacci twisted knob by Albertus Putra
simple round knob with twisted fibonacci pattern.
Sep 2, 2014 6:13
#41 voronoi cabinet-pull by Albertus Putra
simple straight cabinet-pull, but the voronoi pattern would increase the "wow" factor
Material thickness is around 3 mm, and it can be 3D printed using either FDM or SLS method
Sep 1, 2014 9:48
#68 Knob2 updated by PETER LAKATOS
The first version of the 5 starred model but with updated hole.
Sep 5, 2014 11:54
#67 knob6 by PETER LAKATOS
The 6 pointed star knob as requested, i have made 3 variations, two of the first with a hexagon hole in the middle, different orientations.
Thank you
Sep 5, 2014 11:50
#65 Knob1 improved by PETER LAKATOS
I have optimized the model for 3D printing and updated the hole with the indication in the brief. Thank you.
Sep 5, 2014 11:24
#23 Pull1 by PETER LAKATOS
I did this from another, i will submit today the 6 pointed star version of the Kob from the second entry, then i will submit o version of this pul with some roundings.
Thank you
Best regards
Aug 25, 2014 13:18
#16 knob 2 by PETER LAKATOS
Aug 24, 2014 10:45
#73 Knob8 by PETER LAKATOS
One more entry as i see that it still can be uploaded to the contest. All models are ready for printing. Thank you.
Sep 6, 2014 11:29
#46 twisted cabinet-pull by Albertus Putra
this cabinet-pull can gives the amazing feeling for the cabinet.
The details in the twisted area only can be achieved by 3D print
The width and thickness in the twisted area is strong enough to grab it.
Sep 2, 2014 9:29
#11 Knob V5 by Irfan
Aug 23, 2014 9:40
#57 Knob V18 by Irfan
Sep 5, 2014 6:12
#2 handle1 by KeyConcepts
You have a massive selection of handles and knobs on your website. One thing that i did not see is a profile option that would watch the profile of the wood edges. Here is a quick mock-up of a sample. I have plenty more profiles to choose from as well (I work in the woodworking industry designing tooling for cabinets, doors, etc.).
Aug 21, 2014 17:24
#58 steering wheel knob by budiawan
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Sep 5, 2014 9:09
#47 Knob by Alishba
Sep 2, 2014 10:20
#71 Knob V23 by Irfan
Sep 5, 2014 15:39
#70 KNOB v22A by Irfan
Sep 5, 2014 15:14
#63 Knob V22 by Irfan
Knob (Eggy)
Sep 5, 2014 11:04
#61 Knob V21 by Irfan
Knob (Wheel Type)
Sep 5, 2014 10:31
#60 Knob V20 by Irfan
Knob (crown Type)
Sep 5, 2014 10:12
#59 Knob V19 by Irfan
Sep 5, 2014 9:35
#51 Knob V17 by Irfan
Sep 4, 2014 11:39
#49 knob V15 by Irfan
Sep 4, 2014 10:26
#48 door knob 1 by Hashim
door knob created in rhinoceros 4.0
Sep 4, 2014 6:07
#50 Pull Knob by Irfan
Pull Knob
Sep 4, 2014 11:22
#10 model 01 by rikibro
Aug 23, 2014 7:13
#13 model 02 by rikibro
model 02
Aug 23, 2014 13:20
#53 Key by Aamer
This design has two configuration depending upon the way that the knob will be attached
Sep 4, 2014 22:02
#54 Paper pin design by Aamer
This knob needs a hole that is at an angle 25 degree with the normal to the surface
Sep 4, 2014 23:55
#55 Sphere by Aamer
Sep 5, 2014 2:47
#56 Apple by Aamer
Sep 5, 2014 3:34
#26 knob-a by abhishek suchak
here are some knob designs .if you are having problem with (.prt) file than i will change to (.stl) file for 3d printing
Aug 27, 2014 17:47
#66 SG-CADCROWD-CabinetKnob-2 by Designer1
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Sep 5, 2014 11:28
#33 Door knob by robhare
Four leaf clover door Knob
Aug 28, 2014 8:14
#18 Pull V4 by Irfan
Aug 24, 2014 11:12
#69 Flower by PETER LAKATOS
Sep 5, 2014 13:26
#52 knob by anfrhu
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Sep 4, 2014 19:24
#74 mobius knob by Albertus Putra
it's a simple knob, inspired from mobius shape with hole pattern on its surface
Sep 10, 2014 8:07
#1 Knobs and Pull V1.0 by Irfan
Knob and Pulls
Aug 21, 2014 14:52




Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:35:04 +0000
The most common length is 3 inch drill centers, which means the distance between the screws.

abhishek suchak


Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:31:47 +0000
what are the specifications for cabinet pull?

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