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Christmas Tree 2016

by Wotudoin Dec 3, 2016
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Hi, I'm printing some more of these for my daughters. I'm printing the pot the upright this time but it uses a lot of filament for the support for the outer lip. If the underside of the lip was angled, perhaps at 45 degrees I think the pot could be printed without supports which would speed up printing and create less waste. Alternatively, eliminate the outer lip entirely. Would either of these be possible please? Regards, Frank.

Hi Frank ,I tried modifying the base ,but because I know longer have the original file,( drawn in other software) it is very hard to change anything without starting from scratch ,I tried printing it sitting up but the bottom curve was very rough

I printed the pot upside down. It used about 5 meters less filament and shortend the printing time by about an hour. It takes quite a lot of effort to break all the support out. The hole in the bottom is too small for a tea light so on my second pot I left some support in the bottom to sit the tea light on. Nice print, thanks.

How did you print this? I've tried several times and the green spokes end up breaking. Did you use supports?

Sorry to hear you having trouble printing this.I printed it with no supports ,10% infill no problems ,I just ran it through Makerbot print,shows it will take about 8hrs to print on these settings,and 8hrs 15mins at 20%,All I can suggest is because it takes so long to print you could take the file into meshmixer ,cut off a slice horizontally ,so you are not printing the whole file and try printing with different infill.You will find that because of the way 3d printing prints in layers,( like a horizontal grain ) printing objects like this can be fragile,some filament is better for this than others. Regards Clive.

Thanks. I got the top to print on my Ultimaker. Did you need to use supports for the Pot.stl?

Yes I used supports on the pot

Now there an Angel to go on top ( will need to be glued on )