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the American Craftsman Bungalow Birdhouse

by ErikJDurwoodII, published

the American Craftsman Bungalow Birdhouse by ErikJDurwoodII Jul 12, 2013

Challenge Winner

Description

My entry for the Thingiverse BIrdhouse Challenge.

the American Craftsman Bungalow Birdhouse!

This birdhouse features two entrances, upper ventilation through the chimney and windows as well as sloped drains in the base to allow fluid to run out. There are multiple interior platforms built in to the corners so birds can snuggle in places where wind is unable to blow across them. Along with the veranda, there are also three perches for birds to hang out on.

There are two hefty center-aligned screw slots for tree mounting and for extra stability, there are two decorative support trusses so keep it from going anywhere!

This classy casa is designed to print without the use of support material. Even the body prints as a single piece! The base, which includes the porch for the veranda, slides in from the front and comes to a rest with the columns mating with the beam of the roof.

I strongly recommend printing in PLA on a printer with a build platform at least 220 mm long and 150 mm wide. Also there are bridges on this model! My original Replicator can handle them just fine so most printers should. They are around and inch long at their longest.

This can of course be proportionately scaled, however it was designed to best accommodate small birds like finches, blue-jays, chickadees and the like.

If you like what I do and want to help me do more, please consider supporting me on my Patreon page! patreon.com/ErikJDurwoodII Thanks!

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i am having trouble printing this

everytime my printer gets to the top of the upper floor window, i start having feed problems and I the printer starts drawing air from that point on. Now i would normally assume I am having feed problems and proceed to clean my extruder up and give it another go. but it fails at the exact same spot every time ( happened 5 times now )

wondering what people are using to print this. I am just using the replicator 2 with the makerware software

loving it - starting the print shortly!

whoa...you even created architecture on the inside!

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Instructions

Print the body as a single part.

Then the base.

Following that, print two eave perches and the chimney. They should press in place firmly, but you can use compatible glue to affix them.

If you need extra support, print the two trusses and slide them in from the back.

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zeroumus on Dec 5, 2013 said:

i am having trouble printing this

everytime my printer gets to the top of the upper floor window, i start having feed problems and I the printer starts drawing air from that point on. Now i would normally assume I am having feed problems and proceed to clean my extruder up and give it another go. but it fails at the exact same spot every time ( happened 5 times now )

wondering what people are using to print this. I am just using the replicator 2 with the makerware software

spezzer on Oct 29, 2013 said:

loving it - starting the print shortly!

coolarj10 on Oct 2, 2013 said:

whoa...you even created architecture on the inside!

yzorg on Aug 4, 2013 said:

grats on first place.
but i really hoped that one of the abstract ones would win.

Shaylana on Aug 3, 2013 said:

Grats on First Place. It's a great house.

TimKoster on Jul 23, 2013 said:

At what min infill % and # shells is this recommended to be printed?

muckychris on Jul 23, 2013 said:

The design is just beautiful. Fantastical. Printed like a dream. My only hiccup is getting the top step to have a roof. It's open to the internal honeycomb. Easy enough o print a capper - no complaints here. Awesome, simply awesome.

BMill on Aug 1, 2013 said:

Hi, what %infill and # of shells worked for you? Also, do you mean the top of the top stair didn't print or some part of the roof? Thanks.

SlaveMassaDrivaJDCUBED on Jul 22, 2013 said:

Is this the winner? If so, its not a very good birdhouse, functionally speaking. In fact it practically fails at being a practical birdhouse! For One, birdhouse should maintain safety for the nest. Those openings are way too big and would allow squirrels and other larger birds to enter to steal the eggs, In addition the design has the added insult of obscuring the birds view, thereby eliminating its first line of defense of spotting threats at a distance. PU this is a bad bird house, for birds. Otherwise it is fairly nice to look at if you are looking for a design to build on your property on CapeCod.

ischyrus on Jul 21, 2013 said:

I'm having an issue with the third step not getting a top. For some reason when it's generated for the printer the top layer for that step isn't put down, so it's just the honeycomb filling exposed.

mgtsimple on Jul 21, 2013 said:

I am new to 3-D printing I'm curious how much filament does it take to print out that birdhouse. I would hate to be in the middle of my 3-D printing and run out of filament. So my question is how much does the birdhouse weighs.

N314 on Jul 21, 2013 said:

Usually either slicing software or Gcode emulators give filament usage or volume. The weight will vary based on material and infill.

jasonrobertfox on Jul 21, 2013 said:

awesome finish quality. did you do some sort of post processing?

TomB19 on Jul 21, 2013 said:

Your designs are amazing. Thanks!

EricYoung on Jul 20, 2013 said:

Beautiful work

MakerBeck on Jul 20, 2013 said:

Wow, where do I throw in my towel. I would shudder to think about what you would come up with if there were prize money involved. Very impressive!

mouserunner on Jul 20, 2013 said:

very nice

dataman on Jul 20, 2013 said:

Really gorgeous! Congratulations!

idolcrasher on Jul 20, 2013 said:

Congrats on your big win :)

LorenIPSVM on Jul 20, 2013 said:

Congrats! You're killing it with this beautiful work

DrGlassDPM on Jul 20, 2013 said:

Congrats! I'm always a fan of your work

TJWeb on Jul 19, 2013 said:

Problem is the entrance, did you think about bird sizes and also birds don't like any type of house. That one is what i believe too ventilated for birds to move into. :-/ but great design.

ErikJDurwoodII on Jul 20, 2013 said:

I did a lot of research about birdhouse design and both openings are a fairly standard size for smaller birds like chickadees and finches. There are areas inside for birds to escape the elements but different species of birds seek different kinds of shelters. I figure if the bottom windows create too much ventilation, the windows can be covered from the inside and still look good. Thanks!

lions3 on Jul 18, 2013 said:

great design again! Hopefully this won't take too much work to make friendly for a 200x200 print bed.

TimKoster on Jul 19, 2013 said:

Scaling all parts to 80% solves that problem.

EricW on Jul 17, 2013 said:

Amazing work. I love it !!
Would you like to add a dual extrusion version? Would love to print the roof in a different color :-)

coconnor55 on Jul 15, 2013 said:

Very nice, Eric!

GaryJSmith on Jul 15, 2013 said:

Nice work, bro

kriegs on Jul 15, 2013 said:

These birdhouses just keep getting better and better, and this one takes the cake.

DiMarzio on Jul 14, 2013 said:

Great design!!! I might print this first over my own designs :P

jmoney on Jul 14, 2013 said:

Top notch as usual Erik. Looking forward to printing this out.

MaximFilms on Jul 13, 2013 said:

hahaha :D wow! I think this is my favourite entry so far

lowlight on Jul 13, 2013 said:

Another one that might work well with my daughter's 4.5" Disney Fairies.

Techno35 on Jul 13, 2013 said:

Wow, great Job!

siderits on Jul 13, 2013 said:

Wow!

QuantumConcepts on Jul 13, 2013 said:

Beautiful!

TheNewHobbyist on Jul 13, 2013 said:

Wow nice work. Really awesome!

DaGroundZero on Jul 13, 2013 said:

I'm not a big birdhouse fan, but I do like this one. I may just have to print this one out for my mom.

ErikJDurwoodII on Jul 13, 2013 said:

I'm printing a 50% scaled version for myself right now to examine the internal supports. If you print one, let me know how it turns out! Especially the brick mortar gaps. Even at 100% some details may get smoothed out by the nature of the printing process.

Glad you like it!

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