The Learning Curve

Let’s be real here. The learning curve for 3d design and printing is steep.

You have to learn the modeling software and also have to learn the printing process.

Before I discourage you, let me say doing this is worth it! So hang in there and keep playing.

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Giraffe Pendent

I’ve always liked voronoi patterns. I took a photograph of a giraffe, imported the image as a background and hand drew the pattern. This was before I realized there are websites that have the math to draw voronoi patterns. Even Tinkercad has voronoi templates to use.

But in this case the design software I used was Rhino.

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Vase 5 in White PLA

This is the same as Vase 3 except I made it shorter by modifying it in Rhino.

I played around with adjusting the size in the slicing software and that seemed to work pretty well. Although I know usually it’s recommended that you change the size within the design software.

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ES Cage

This is an experiment.

On 3ders.org I noticed a post about ES-Cage printing and it’s benefits. So I had to try it.

Sure enough the structure printed quickly and is quite strong for such a thin print.

The designer/creator, Erik, provided a great tutorial on how to do this design. 

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Vase 3 Bamboo

I’ve had a lot of problems printing in wood. Often the nozzle gets clogged and filament stops coming out. Also the print is ‘hairy’ which probably contributes to the clogging.

The dark lines occurred when I paused the printer and wiped the nozzle off. Doing this I was able to extend the print time and print a larger object.

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SU Red Vase

This is an early vase that I created using SketchUp. I drew the profile and then revolved it around a rectangle.

I really recommend trying various modeling software until you find one that works best for your type of designs. I liked SketchUp a lot, but I didn’t think it was a good match for the organic forms I hope to make.

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