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Since more and more bags and packaging of various spices occured on our spice rack , I was looking for some beautiful and practical spice jars.
3D- printable should be the most important feature of the object, so my first stop in Internet research was thingiverse.com once again. There I noticed an admittedly unusual design of a spice jar in the form of a hand grenade.
For hot spicy things such as cayenne pepper and chilli this design seemed very suitable:
The advantage of the design is that it can be printed in a very uncomplicated way. There are 6 different parts to print:
The red rimmed parts (metal ring and magnets) must be added separately. However, I have initially dispensed the magnets, to open and close the container on the lever works but not so elegant as it might with magnets.
Printing of the items was very uncomplicated. Support structures and largely Raft could be omitted. The material used was cheap PLA filament of owlsat (ebay) for only 16 € per kg.
All was printed on my anycubic i3 mega with a 210 degree nozzle temperature and a tape-backed printbed area. Thus, it was possible to print without heating of the printbed.
First, the lower shell was printed in green PLA:
Here it is important that you print bottom-up with the underside upwards. The object is positioned that way as default in the slicer. Otherwise it would have to be printed with support. I printed with 0.4mm nozzle and 0.25mm resolution, at rel. high printing speed of 80mm / s. Only the first layers were printed at reduced speed at 40mm / s.
Since all other parts should be printed differently in color, a filament change was required. Afterwards the printing countinued with the lever in PLA silver gray:
As shown, the lever could also be printed without support also with 0.4mm nozzle and 0.25mm resolution at 80mm / s print speed.
Same color the two small parts needed to be printed for mounting at the bigger parts. Therefore, these were sliced and printed in a common print job. Due to the small size here, they must be printed with a small Raft, for better printbed- adhesion.
Last but not least, the lid and threaded attachment for the housing had to be printed. Both should be done in dark brown, so both objects were printed together in one print job.
The thread attachment is best printed in the correct position, ie positioned top upside . Then you can print without support, because the overhangs shouldn't be a problem.
The assembly of the parts is very simple according to the exploded view shown on image in the head of this post. Prior to assembly, no further machining of the parts, such as grinding, sanding etc., should be required, the tolerances of the parts have been considered sufficiently large in the design. The threaded cover can be screwed into the housing easily and fits well. The (ornamental) lid on the threaded cover must be secured with a suitable adhesive.
After assembly, the cover for filling the inside can be easily removed and screwed on again at any time. The spout opening can be easily opened and closed again without magnets via the lever.
My 3D- print can be seen on thingiverse too as a make.
Configurable Oscar statue for self-printing on 3D printer
At the annual Oscar ceremony, these decorative Oscar trophies are presented. I wanted to create a statue based on this design, which should be configurable and of course also 3D-printable.
I wanted to give this object as a gift to a good friend, as a thank you that he has produced our wedding film so wonderful.
The original template of the Oscar statue is available in the Internet in various image formats. Starting from a good photo, I began to be creative with excellent help of Opensource 3D software Blender.
Blender is freely available as software and can be downloaded for free at blender.org. This gives you a lot of possibilities to get creative in 3D. However, the software is not "self-explanatory". Therefore, as a blender beginner it is recommended to get acquainted with the immense variety of functions of this tool. There are a lot of good tutorials and tutorials on the net here, youtube is a hot tip here, as there are some very good video tutorials on Blender available. But I did not only need the design as a blender model, but it also needed the Labeling of the socket should be configurable, yet another very useful CAD tool had to be included. The open-source tool OPENSCAD can be used to create geometric bodies using a programming language. The bodies can be parameterized at runtime via appropriate OPENSCAD customizers via appropriate program parameters or variables. OpenSCAD is also available as a free download via openscad.org.
In any case, I recommend that you download the latest version as a development snapshot, as the stable versions currently do not have the customizer functionality. Tutorials are again very abundant in the network. Especially recommended for beginners are the tutorials available on the OpenSCAD homepage.
Last but not least the Blender model had to find its way into the OpenSCAD environment. By default, Blender does not offer the option to export models in OpenSCAD format. However, a corresponding add-on is available via github. After the download and successful installation of the add-on in Blender you have the option in the export menu of Blender to select the format openscad. Thus the generated file can be opened in OpenSCAD. In OpenSCAD, the model structure is available as a polyhedron body. The net- structure of the model is stored via corresponding coordinates in the form of a multimatrix. In order to provide the socket with configurable writings, the program code generated from Blender has been correspondingly supplemented in OpenSCAD and provided with parameters for the OpenSCAD customizer:
As a parameter, besides the text line, I have made available also other parameters such as font and font size. This allows the socket to be largely labeled or configured as desired. In OpenSCAD, the program code can also be adapted by the user at will to his own interests, so there is still room for further changes and improvements.
Once the parameters have been set via the customizer, an STL file can be generated from OpenSCAD for 3D printing. However, due to the complexity of the multimatrix of the Oscar model, the rendering takes a little longer, depending on the performance of the computer being used. On my DELL G3 laptop with Core i7 8.Gen. CPU and GTX1060 graphics card as well as 32GB RAM it's relatively fast, after about 10 seconds the rendering is finished.
Since OpenSCAD is also the basis for the customizer provided by thingiverse ONLINE, the model available on thingiverse can also be configured directly online on thingiverse.com. However, I only use OpenSCAD locally on the PC for the corresponding OpenSCAD models, because the thingiverse customizer online in my browser is unfortunately not reasonably usable.
The 3D printing of the STL file generated from OpenSCAD was then prepared using the slicer software CURA. In Cura I have set the layer thickness to 0.2mm, 10% Infill is absolutely sufficient. I added a PAUSE-AT-HEIGHT extension to change the color of the filament after printing the base. I also had to print support because the overhangs on the model's arms were too big:
Overall, the print on my anycubic i3 mega 3D printer took just under 4 hours.
The result is published as make on thingiverse.com
The openSCAD-Object is available as download on thingiverse:
3D-Print: KitchenAid Adapter for Sodastream
Our KitchenAid Sodastream looks very chic, so beautiful in black / silver:
After some Problems at the beginning it works very well now. Bubbles our excellent Bühlertäler tap water. However, it has a small flaw: there is no suitable glass bottle for this model.
Neither Sodastream nor the Kitchenaid manufacturer provide suitable products for this purpose. That's a pity, so it was obvious to see if there is a suitable adapter with which smaller standard glass bottles with standard threaded fasteners can be docked to the kitchenaid connection.
Next thing i tried was this:
Also not suitable for our kitchenaid, because the lower edge was missing for the gripping arm.
Unfortunately so, nothing suitable for our device was available on thingiverse.com as stockpart. That's why I took the appropriate measurements, first from the Kitchenaid / Sodastream bottleneck:
then from the bottleneck of a smaller lemonade glass bottle:
With these measurements, I was able to use the CAD software fusion360 to construct a suitable adapter that makes the glass bottle fit the Kitchenaid connection. The result is prepared for 3D printing as an STL file available here on thingiverse.com for download .
As printing material i recommend a material as stable as possible such as ABS or similar to give the adapter the necessary strength and stability. Support material or brims / rafts for print-to-bed adhesion are not required for printing. The print resolution should not be set too low due to the modeled thread, I have made good experiences with 0.15mm at 0.3mm nozzle size.
Please be careful when using the adapter. The Sodastream is a pressure device, and applying rapid pressure to a device not meant for such things can cause explosions and severe injury !!
I may not be held responsible for any damage or injury that may occur when using the adapter. Use at your own risk !
This beautiful lotus blossom was 3D-printed with very favorable PLA filament in interesting green camouflage shade:
To avoid support I used the Cura option - Make Overhang Printable -
This makes it easy to print the object without support, brim / raft, etc. on my anycubic delta Kossel plus 3D printer. The result can be found as a make on thingiverse.com:
For my smartphone Galaxy Note 4 i've already tried many cases to print and use. Pretty much everything that's offered on thingiverse at designs, I've tried. So far, unfortunately, there was none created/designed especially for flexible filament like TPU or similar.
That's why I created this design with the Fusion360 software. Since I am not yet a Fusion360 professional, it was also a very good training to familiarize myself with this very complex CAD tool.
After several hours I had created the first case and already printed. Looks very good and it fits very well, the flexible filament is ideal for such purposes as it is very good and easy to process (almost like PLA), but on the other hand has really just the flexbility needed for such purposes.
Below are some pictures of the design printed with TPU in different shades:
I have now published the design on thingiverse, it can be found under the following link:
In order to change the backside with logos, font, icons, smilies or similar, I created another design with fusion360, which has a cutout in the back. This section can then be provided with a separate inset separately created with fusion360, which then contains the respective logo or icon.
Here are some pictures of how it might look like when printed:
The grid structure is not implemented in the design but comes out by settings of the CURA Slicer (Zero Top- / Bottomlayer). In the infill pattern I've selected the setting QuarterCubic, resulting in a nice optical grid effect on the finished printed object:
This design is also published on thingiverse and can be found here:
The flexible TPU filament from sainsmart was easy to print with my delta 3D printer anycubic Kossel Linear Plus. The printing speed was set to low speed (20mm / s) to avoid filament jamming at the extruder.
Since the bottom edges of the case are rounded, it is recommended to set the option 'Make Overhangs Printable' in the section 'Experimental' in the Cura-Slicer. This slightly changes the geometry of Cura so that the overhangs in this area can be printed without support: