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Driftwood with Ball

by stevemedwin Feb 10, 2013
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It's not printing the ball for me, I chose "supports" touching buildplate in CURA. It just started extruding filament in mid air for the ball, just making a birds nest. What have I done incorrectly? I scaled it to 3.0, I'm sad as it was printing perfectly otherwise.

You have to enable all supports, not just those touching the build plate. Good luck!

Thanks, yes after looking back at the layers I see the ball is kind of floating. I was in too much of a hurry, and the comment below where they said they printed without supports got me overly excited! :)

It's much smaller than I thought! I think I will print a second version scaled x2. Nice design!

Is the white part ABS? What color is it?

I printed it in white PLA. I'm glad you like the design.

I've successfully printed this without supports - the bottom of the "driftwood" is a little stringy and the bottom of the ball needs to be sanded but it can be done! What an awesome design!!! What software did you use to design such a beautiful piece?

Also, I notice that the sculpture fits my hand perfectly allowing me to rotate the ball with my thumb and I've taken to carrying the piece in my coat pocket. It's an ideal combination of art, science and magic that helps explain what 3D printers are capable of and what needs improvement.

Bravo, good sir!

Thanks for your comments. I never would have thought to try printing without support so I'm glad it worked for you. I was using Groboto last year when I did this design. It was very easy to do Booleans. Lately I've been using ZBrush for my organic work.


Yes. Support is needed to successfully print the top and the ball.

Did you use Rafts and Supports?