Today I'm taking a break from the more technically involved posts to share my latest design.
It's a simple flowerpot and it is going to be used in my indoor garden.
I designed it in Tinkercad,(main site) a browser based CAD software.
This entire process took... this long:
FluiddPi (github link)
Printed @ 0.2 mm layer height, with a 0.4 mm nozzle. (a moderately decent resolution to print, but not the finest, higher resolution prints take much longer.)
Here are some photo's as the flowerpot was built.
The rough looking material in the center is support material, which builds with the model to provide support for overhangs, and any areas which might droop or sag during the building process. Since the material is melted down to a near liquid form, this support factor cannot be overlooked, and 3D slicers will conveniently place the supports auto generated in most cases.
In this photo above , we can see the supports doing what they were intended to do. Without them, this print would not be possible! (If the printer is tuned correctly, these supports will break off the print with ease.)
In this photo above, we can see the print is complete, but those supports need to be removed.
(They snapped off with ease!)
There are some minimal artifacts left from the supports, but not too bad for a prototype print, and with things such as flowerpots, I am ok with some small imperfections.
My printer is still undergoing some calibrations, and I feel it's one of those things that's always going to be a work in progress, because 3D printers are machines with a lot of moving parts and need constant maintenance.
I don't mind putting in the time and effort for the maintenance because the more effort one puts into taking care of their 3D printer, the more their 3D printer will reward them back with beautiful prints.
It's a simple concept, and it is very true, just like many other things in life :)
It was a pleasure sharing my creation with you all today, thank you for stopping by and have a great day!