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3D Printable Grass

by Superbeasti Mar 20, 2019
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Hello sorry that it bothers you but I have a question to be able to understand first enter my "thing"

Well this project needs 8183 pins which would take about 1 year to print everything.

The question is, with your project or whatever you want to call it, it could be printed on several "floors"
And how would you do it? regards

Mega PinArt (8183 pins)

Hi, you might be able to print several pins horizontal if you set the extrusion width and layer height as high as your hotend can handle.

draw pleaseeeee :)

You can start by trying with the 50x50mm grass block with 400% Z and 200 Y scaling. Set the line width to 0.8 and layer height to 0.8. I doubt your hotend can keep up, but worth a shot?

When I saw this my first thought was "How the heck would you even print that? My printer would just make an absolute mess." Then I noticed you turned it sideways and are using single strands attached at both ends so that you are not "building" grass, but rather extruding each strand at a time. This is an ingenious solution. Great work!

Cheers! It's basically how all "hairy" prints work. My favourite style are the cylinderical ones, used for example in my Articulated Coconut Tree.

Would this work for a model railroad?

All I can say is to try. The 75mm denser one might be suitable

what about the infill?

Doesn't really matter as it would only affect the base plate.

Awesome design!
I would love to see a video of you actually designing this; kind of like I do (http://www.youtube.com/c/ToddOlsen).
Do you have a YouTube channel?

Awesome design!
I would love to see a video of you actually designing this; kind of like I do (http://www.youtube.com/c/ToddOlsen).
Do you have a YouTube channel?

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This is an excellent 'thing' very neat! I came up with a different use for it, hopefully also useful to someone. I recently tried to thermal map the inside of my printer cabinet while in use with my FLIR ONE camera, but it was basically a glowing ball of heat, and not the level of detail I wanted. So what did engineers do before thermal imaging and FEA (Finite Element Analysis) software? We used low tech devices and means to gather our data. In this case, I'm going to print out a 'carpet' that is almost the size of my printer bed and use it as a 'wind tunnel' mat to see how well (or not) the cooling ducts are moving air. Using a small USB camera or Go-Pro, you can drive the print carriage around. Later I'll review the video and SEE how well the air is moving by the path it makes through the tall 3D-printed grass-much like wind through a wheat field. The grass should spring back as it looks thicker at the base much like real grass, allowing multiple passes or tests. A super-low tech way to see how well duct designs or mods really work...without wasting it on prints that fail. Will post the re-mix when it's done as I have some other ideas in store for this as well. Thanks for the great thing!

But how will you successfully print the grass if you haven't perfected the flow of the fan duct yet? (just joking of course)

Cool! And not at at all what I had in mind when designing this! Looking forward to seeing your results!

How long does it take to print?

With 60mm/s setting, starting from an hour for the smallest 50x50mm block to 8 hours for the 150x150mm one. The 150mm round one takes 7hours.

ok, that's reasonable. Thank you:)

This is really cool. Well done.

Whaaaaaat! thats a crazy good idea

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