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Cellular Lamp

by nervoussystem, published

Cellular Lamp by nervoussystem Mar 13, 2012

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A big cellular thing. Use this as a lampshade for an LED light or as a sculpture.
Many people have printed the bracelets I uploaded so I decided to give you something bigger.
Here's the model on Cell Cycle:
n-e-r-v-o-u-s.com/cellCycle/?l=4276
Edit: 8/28/2012 I've uploaded a new model, please see my comments below
Edit: 5/20/2014 To add light to the lamp, you can use any LED fixture you like. We like this one:
elementalled.com/super-bright-led-module-light.html

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Absolutely beautiful! Very creative...
Hello! This model prints with no supports, so you should be able to just run it as-is.
Beautiful!

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I've uploaded a new version (cellularThing_optimizedForMakerbot.stl) that is optimized for a MakerBot Replicator. The bottom of the model is sliced off to make it completely flat, the thinnest members of the structure have been thickened.
Recommended printing settings:
Shells: 3
Infill: none
Support: none
Feed Rate: 40 or less
Absolutely beautiful! Very creative...
I was wondering how you all are handling the supports in this. I'm using Cura and it wants to support everything. Any recommendations on how you printed it would be helpful.
Hello! This model prints with no supports, so you should be able to just run it as-is.
What software what software did you use to make this?
We used our Cell Cycle application! Check it out here: n-e-r-v-o-u-s.com/cellCycle/
21Soon to be leaving thingiverse because of Makerbot's behavior towards open source.Details: fabbaloo.com/blog/2014/5/25/has-makerbot-crossed-the-line-for-some-yes
disqus.com/thingiverse-98b59bf82322938beaf6bca6999f7ca0/ - We've added links to the light fixtures we use to this Thing's description, above. You can use any LED fixture you like, but that's the one we put in our lamps. Thanks!
disqus.com/geometry/ do you have a good link for a light to add to this? printed perfectly, don't want to mess it up with the wrong light!
What kind of lighting do use with this?
I imagine a regular incandescent bulb or halogen would be too hot for the abs or pla.
you want to use an LED fixture.
Been trying to print this in ABS but its keeps failing after a few hours. I think it starts curling and the print head crashes into the parts that are curling causing the print to become dislodged. Using ABS because I have a Rep 2X and it doesn't print PLA very well on long prints (haven't solved that heat creep problem yet). :(
You need a cooling fan and ABS juice.
what a good layer thickness?
I want to create something with a cellular look. i just don't know how i can cut out the patterns.
Can anyone tell me with what software and function i can create cells or something that looks like it?
Try Voronoi patterns in the free software Meshlab
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWSeZk2IqHg
What type of light is this? Model printed great, with a few small imperfections on overhangs. Thanks
I really want that.. ;)
But Slic3r is always crashing when i try to get the gcode..
Can't seem to get either model to slice in Slic3r 0.9.1 Any suggestions?
Try reducing the number of threads ("Print Settings" --> "Advanced" --> "Other" --> "Threads"). Or upgrade to 0.9.10b (they made memory improvements)

Why: More threads allow Slic3r to perform multiple calculations at the same time. In this case, this also means Slic3r needs to "remember" more information at once. (ie. If you tried to simultaneously add 153 + 126 and 192 + 193 in your head, you'd have to remember about twice as many numbers).

In summary, reducing the number of threads will reduce Slic3r's memory usage, but will also make it take a longer time to complete the task. It works fine for me with Slic3r 0.9.10b, 8gb RAM and 5 threads.
 had the same problem. try it on a computer with more RAM installed. (8gb RAM worked for me)
 Seems to slice with Slic3r 0.9.7 - we'll see how well it prints.
This still won't slice with Slic3r 0.9.7. I've got 8 gb RAM and yet its still crashing. How'd you get it to work?
I've got 4GB on a older Lenovo X61t. I think I used MeshLabs and used quadratic decimation to cut the resolution in half before slicing. Seemed to work on 0.9.7
Thanks. I'll give that a try.
Watching this thing print is mesmerizing; it's like a mix between the "replicator" machine in Star Trek and watch a bacteria culture grow. It took me ~12 hours to print with default MakerBot Replicator settings (may have turned Shells down to 0), but it was totally worth it. As physically large as it is, the weight is very low due to the design of the object. For me, it only used up 49g, and yet is a little bit larger than a softball. Some of the thinner features on the outer ring are prone to breaking under horizontal / compressive stress, but nothing that a little acetone spot-welding can't fix! Great work, I'm happy I finally have something that was designed by Nervous :)
Thanks for the great design - its a fun and challenging print!
These cellular jewelry are beautiful, but it's a bit of a bummer that there's no way to download the generated geometry, only to buy prints - rather like a photographer that won't sell you your digital photo's, only printed copies. Of course, we can all download the one STL that you generated and uploaded here, but I don't think that's what DubLo7 was asking for.
We make our living through selling jewelry. I understand your disappointment with not being able to to download the geometry from our app but that's the arrangement we have for the moment that allows us to develop fun software. There are three jewelry designs uploaded to our thingiverse account that you can print in addition to this big thing.
Such a cool thing it deserves to be printed glowing!
I can probably do something about that, also, I have a spare gen 3 motherboard sitting around here, but most likely it just needs it firmware reflashed.
Just send me a message through my thingiverse user page and I can swing over and take a look.
hello, just click "bigmakerbottable4.stl" on the left column of the page under the word "Downloads"
How do you get the STL model from the web page? I have a neat model made but can't figure out how to download so I can print it.

(please delete the "Guest" comments. I wasn't logged in and the page just kept posting the comment for some reason.
How do you get the STL model from the web page? I have a neat model made but can't figure out how to download so I can print it.
How do you get the STL model from the web page? I have a neat model made but can't figure out how to download so I can print it.
How do you get the STL model from the web page? I have a neat model made but can't figure out how to download so I can print it.
How do you get the STL model from the web page? I have a neat model made but can't figure out how to download so I can print it.
How do you get the STL model from the web page? I have a neat model made but can't figure out how to download so I can print it.
How do you get the STL model from the web page? I have a neat model made but can't figure out how to download so I can print it.
How do you get the STL model from the web page? I have a neat model made but can't figure out how to download so I can print it.
I'm not totally sure. It's never worked since we assembled it. Most of the time it says not connected to the computer, but sporadically it does. it's never accepted a print job.
I can help with that if you like, I rebuilt Skidoo (the black and red one). Didn't know it was broken. What's wrong with it?
I've been once or twice. Our non-functioning Cupcake used to live at Sprout in the hopes someone would fix it. It was the lime green one.
You know that we have a group of people that meet up every now and again at the sprouts in Davis, right? There's even a google group.

groups.google.com/group/makerbot-boston
I haven't made it across the river to visit yet :(
WoW! Nice, must print this.

Thanks.
Looks like it'll print fine, half way through.
Impressive. It seems to be handling the overhangs really well, what w/t are you using?
normal stuff, height of .3mm width of .5mm so w/t of 1.6666 I have bridging set to .7 and .7 and my overall speed is slow, 28mm/s.

Long print.
If you want to see how it printed, I can give it to the guys at Room 68, I have stuff in their store as well. :)
Nice! On a cupcake no less. :)
yup :) Had to scale it down a bit to fit my build envelope.
I sized it for a Replicator...I think
Love your stuff nervous... Thx for sharing some of it over here!
From building flic.kr/p/bAe7xi I think I can say that this won't work. The overhangs are too extreme and the horizontal "bridges" won't connect properly. Using a raft might give you the bottom part correctly but the middle part will likely fail.

If it had more vertical edges anchoring the bridges it would help. Nice to see you posting more though!
Starno - in reply to watz
@tlalexander, I would love to see the Ultimaker output on this model. Please share your results!
watz - in reply to watz
Well, I stand corrected. Clearly magic is possible if you tweak the parameters enough. Good job!
I dunno, I think the Ultimaker can do it. I had extreme overhangs on my Helicopter blades:

thingiverse.com/thing:16356

But I was using 0.08mm layer heights (with 0.04mm perimeters).

Though the author specifically asked if the part was "makerbottable", I think perhaps they just meant printable without support on a home printer?

If I remember, I'll try printing one of these.
yes, although I have a particular interest in Makerbots. but primarily, how well does it work with no support?
Perimeter thread width at half the layer thickness for large overhangs on an Ultimaker?! Really? I might be doing this all backwards if that is so, can you please verify those dimensions? I need to know :)

Also, do you use the standard 0,4mm nozzle?
yo watz!

what if the outside surface was more vertical like so:

n-e-r-v-o-u-s.com/cellCycle/?l=4278
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