There are a lot of reasons you might want to mouth-grapple bark lumps to climb up a tree–jowl toning, neck muscle fortitude, the look of horror and genuine concern on your gardener’s face–but there’s little doubt you could save some lip skin and dentist visits by using climbing holds instead.

I know, you’ve been climbing trees and office buildings since you realized you had toes on your feet, but imagine making your own climbing holds? And wouldn’t you know it? Devin Montes is at it again, modeling up some unique rock climbing holds–an idea we’ve been interested in making ourselves–and we can’t wait to get our hands on ’em… BAH!

Devon is visiting us from the future, so modeled the holds in VR using Google Blocks with an HTC Vive, then imported them to Fusion 360 to scale, clean, split and export to STL before bringing into Simplify3D. He split the part into two pieces using separate fill setting for the outside of the hold and the bolted area, reinforcing the bolted area with 100% infill.

These were printed with’s Carbonyte carbon fiber nylon mix that creates a climbing hold 100x tougher than that bark you gnawed up earlier. In this video, Devon takes you through the process and shows how the climbing holds turned out. Nice!

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You can snag the model files and all the details at MyMiniFactory. (Bonus! Check out his latest project for connectors that connects 2×2 beams together here!)

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Josh is founder and editor at, founder at Aimsift Inc., and co-founder of EvD Media. He is involved in engineering, design, visualization, the technology making it happen, and the content developed around it. He is a SolidWorks Certified Professional and excels at falling awkwardly.