3D printed branding-iron

Joris sez, "Turn any logo or words into a custom metal 3D printed branding iron. It snaps on over a lighter, you turn on the lighter for 30 seconds and presto you are ready to leave your brand anywhere."

I once sat in on a Bunnie Huang presentation about labor conditions in South China, and he described the factories where rubber logos - the Nike swoosh on the side of a shoe, the rubber designer's logo hanging from the top button-hole of a shirt -- are made. The workers lack basic safety clothes and often end up with several companies' logos branded into their skin by the hot metal.

Since then, I've found it nearly impossible to think about branding without thinking of the young women of the Pearl River Delta with all those logo-marks -- vector art from the west turned into curdled flesh in the east -- burned into their skin.

Of course, you could use this to brand lots of things that aren't human skin! Wood-burning, leather-burning, probably even some kind of crazy brulee effect.


You type in your text or send us a link to a logo and we model and 3D print a mini branding iron for you. The branding iron clicks onto standard disposable lighters. You simply turn the lighter on for 30 seconds until the branding iron is hot and then brand away. A text branding iron costs $25 including shipping. A logo BrandingIron costs $25, also including shipping.

Customizable 3D printed BrandingIron (Thanks, Joris!)

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  1. Lighters have warnings on them not to keep them lit for extended periods of time for a reason. The lighting mechanism will heat up, expand, and explode.

  2. “Since then, I’ve found it nearly impossible to think about branding without thinking of the young women of the Pearl River Delta with all those logo-marks — vector art from the west turned into curdled flesh in the east — burned into their skin. ”

    This is far more interesting than the product itself. Yikes! :(

  3. The idea of a branding irong “product”, which can be easily accessed / used in public areas (or other) sounds like an invitation to brand your name everywhere…
    Or more likely: on everybody.

    Example: ape shit crazy guy decides to brand his name on the face of “his girl” to make sure nobody tries anything with her…

    But maybe I just see evil everywhere. cough *paranoid* cough

  4. just great–in six weeks expect a rash of reports where people–think women–have had there butt branded by some nitwit joker on a jammed up dance floor!!!–

  5. It’s scary to live in a world where burns are going to be more cool than tattoos. Frankly, tattoos creep me out, but burns are way worse.

  6. Has anyone else bought one of these?

    I ordered one for a friend’s birthday, and when I got it, I realized it only works with Cricket brand lighters… Which I’m finding impossible to come by here in Los Angeles.

    Anyone have an old Cricket electronic lighter they wanna give me?

  7. You guys missed a perfect opportunity – hot foil stamping! Basically using mylar coated with a thin layer of hot-melt adhesive, this is the process used to put metallic letters on pencils, leather, vinyl – damn near anything. The biggest drawback to using this process for prototyping and/or customizing has always been the cost of having a metal shop make a one-off bronze stamp. Your process should be perfect! http://www.businessmantra.net

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