Spinning Tree

This is a 3D printed tree that has movable branches. IMG_3269

 

I made it in Sketchup of simple geometric shapes, each rectangle just a wee bit smaller than the lower one.

spinningtree

The top part of the tree was actually a bit of challenge to create, as I had to create the triangle shape, but then make a partial hole through one side of it. There are three versions of it in the illustration above.

I exported each piece separately into Makerbot and then printed them one at a time.

Here are some more views of the tree.

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Hinges from start to finish

I designed hinges in Sketchup

sketchup hinges

and exported them to Makerbot

Makerbot hinges

Here they are being printed (around 40% done)

Hinges infill

Here it is about 60%

60%

meh. The machine just overheated.

hinge final

It is just as well, since the design was not correct. The hinges are just a bit too big to fit together.

Back to Sketchup….

Makerbot

Back at the District Office, I have been experimenting with a Makerbot Replicator 2X Dual Extrusion 3D Printer (whew, that’s a mouthful).Makerbot 2X

There is so much potential for 3D printing, yet there is still just a 66% success rate on our prints. Some prints stop sticking to the build plate, sometimes the extruder clogs up in the middle of a print, sometimes who-knows-what happens.

I wish it were as easy as a Ron Popeil’s rotisserie chicken cooker. You know, “JUST SET IT AND FORGET IT!”)

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