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Hex Tie

by cahorton Jan 6, 2014
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Can't denied it's really a great design.......sorry to also say it's just the horrible thing i've ever seen....

I would say it is definitely "fashion forward." When you do public events about 3d printing, it is hard to find a better conversation starter.

".4mm layer height"? Holy smokes. I didn't know anyone could print that thick. But I'm pretty sure I'd be okay with .15.

Yes, should be fine. .2 might give better results, though.

What makes the coarser layer height better? Most people are going to have a .4 or .5 mm nozzle giving almost round extrusion and not much contact between layers.
Better because of print speed or some type of durability?

Since the visible part (other than the tie "knot") is composed entirely of the layer touching your print bed, adding layers doesn't improve the appearance, it just adds to the print time. I haven't seen any evidence of layer adhesion problems and I print at .4 all the time (again, mainly for speed purposes). Again, there's no harm in printing with more layers, it just adds time. The sizes are multiples of .4 or .2, however, thus my recommendation.

I have found even that increasing layer height for the first layer makes the bottoms look nicer since I can "squash" them down a little farther causing it to fill in any gaps. You could probably do this by over extruding for the first layer too.

This would be fun to print out on something super smooth like glass. Or maybe even different materials... laywood tie here I come! What a cool model.

Laywood would be interesting! My first print was a little too high so I ended up with stripes and that looked cool. During my second tie print, my kapton tape was not in good shape, so the tiles came out looking "pre-distressed". Now that my tape is new, I want to do a 3rd print with different colors, so the tiles are smooth.