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Christmas Tree (now with lamp base)

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Christmas Tree (now with lamp base) by idig3d Nov 24, 2016

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Summary

Oh Christmas Tree! Oh Christmas Tree!

Designed to be printed in is single wall vase mode. Photos show it printed in transparent green PETG.

Fairly large model 210mm dimeter by 300mm tall. Scale to fit your your printer.
Could scale the z height separately for skinnier or fatter trees.

Study of various materials: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qexqRiBG268

ADDED: New faceted version. Lots more bling. Last two trees in video above.
ADDED: Screenshots where to find vase/spiralize mode in main 3 slicers. Faster prints yay!
UPDATE 12/21/2016--
ADDED: two files forE27 light bulb holder. "Short base" for regular LED light bulbs (see warning), and "Tall base" for specialty bulbs like the disco RGB LED bulb that makes a nice Northern Lights effect.
ADDED: Lamp base for 300mm tree.

(WARNING: triple-check the bulbs do not get warm enough to soften the holder)

Print Settings

Printer:

Tronxy X3

Rafts:

No

Supports:

No

Resolution:

02.mm

Infill:

0% vase mode


Notes:

I printed without base layers so I could eventually put a light inside. I used 4 brim loops at 0 distance so the first layer would stick well.

A bit of over extrusion helps the layers stick. And running a bit hotter. Run slower until you get it dialed in.

4h42m to print at 0.2mm and 100% (300mm tall). But upped the speed a bit and got them to print in about 3h45m. Varies with filament.

For E27 light attachment (short base and long base), print with three perimeters/shells at 0.2mm layers.

Post-Printing

I found clamp work lights make a nice base of you disable and reassemble them without the clamp. And the ones I found at the big box store are UL certified.

The trunk base was designed for E27 light sockets with switches I found on Aliexpress. They are of questionable quality and Of the 10 I ordered, I had to resolder 3 of them. For low wattage LED bulbs, I think should be fine but you be your own judge and use at your own risk. Mould not trust them for anything over 10W making triple-sure they do not get warm.

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Dang - you've been keeping busy with this design - nice work!

What settings did you use for the tree trunk part?

I've tried it a couple of times but the tops of the legs collapse in or have gaps.

I've printed mine with 0.25mm layers, 2 perimeters, 5 top layers and 4 bottom layers, and 10% honeycomb fill.

Can you please share the link to your design in Onshape?
Would like to see how you created this 'organic' shape in it..
Thanks..

Dec 12, 2016 - Modified Dec 12, 2016

Thanks for sharing! I added a star on top and printed it very small as earrings :)

Cool! Please post a picture as a make. hopefully not too pokey as earrings.

Hey, I made up a super simple star to go on top of your tree.. looks cool. ;). I really like this tree.. great design !!
thinking of doing a simple Angel too. ;)

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1957620

Tree Star

Thank you. I have some MakerGeeks crystal series translucent green that I'm going to have to try this on.

I really liked this tree.

Printed it out at 140mm, drilled a 9.5 mm dia hole in base, and pushed in a flickering LED tealight. The tealight itself acts as a trunk for the tree. The tealight battery last 10 hrs plus, not exhausted it yet, and is replaceable. Lastly some spray snow from the top. Great - MANY THANKS.

Nice! Thanks for the kind words.

I was just looking at the PETG from Inland at the store. I bought some of their PLA to test out, because their prices are super cheap. Those trees look amazing though

PETG is a bit more challenging to get temps and retraction right. But has more flex, durability, and more glass like. But got some good results with $5 (protoparadigm) transparent PLA filament. Good colors but not quite as deep as the Inland PETG.

Hi, can you make a bottom "cup" to close the tree and use it as gift box?

Good idea. How deep? Are you printing the tree at 100%?

no i print in vase mode with a drilled 1.2 nozzle now 1.6, i print with wood pla at 10mm/s or the extruder don't feed enough filament (i'm using 1.75mm) so i make some test and 10mm with 1.5mm on bottom is enough but.... looking to a better version (you can change the source file) consider to make the same shape up to 5mm over the first angle and just remove a bit of material along the vertical line (from the first angle to the bottom) and in the center of the long arc. In that way the bottom will clamp on the tree.

i hope my english is enough and you understand

Very great and wonderfull job !!!

Thanks! Appreciate how much people like it.

What printer is this you use ?

As listed in the Print Settings, a Tronxy X3. But had to modify it. The stock set up cools the heater block too much that the hot end temp never rose above 205°C. My mod is here: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1906391

Tronxy X3 Supercooler - hot end fan shrouds
by idig3d

Thanks for information. I´ve never seen this printer but it seems that it does really good prints....

New printer kit. Price was reasonable enough to take a chance figuring I'd have to tweak it or mod it to get better prints--or part it out for another machine. But many printers are decent with enough tweaks. Solid frame. Good size. I skipped buying the autolevel version since it was overpriced at nearly $50 more for a $10 part and opensource firmware. Small facebook group of users sharing tweaks, mods, and building experiences.

Dec 6, 2016 - Modified Dec 6, 2016

Nice Job! What brand green PETG is that?

EDIT: I'm dumb, I should have watched the video first. Great news that it happens to be inland though, I use that stuff for practically everything, and I just got a green spool of PETG a few days ago before I saw this :)

Cheap Inland Green. In other pics, bluer green is $5/200g Emerald PLA from Protoparadigm, Magenta is Inland PETG, White is eSun PETG, opaque blue and green are Makergeeks' Raptor PLA, clearer/darker clear is Makergeeks PETG, and frostier clear is Makergeeks not so glow in the dark PETG.

Would you consider sharing the Onshape design? I'd like to build a small base to house some electronics and a few NeoPixel's. Cheers

I printed this in about an hour an half. I put it in a time lapse in the video below
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wB8IY-Uh7IM

I used Cura, in spiralize mode running a 0.2 layer height with no supports or infill. I recommend printing no faster than 80mm/s if your 3D printer does not have a cooling fan. The overhangs may not cool quickly enough and will cause tears and blobs on the ends

Thanks for sharing the STL :)

Nice! How tall was your print?

wow looks cool ill try and print it thanks :)

Finally a Xmas tree I don't mind putting up!

LOL!

Is the high facet version available?

Yes. I recently added it to the files.

Man that sure is cool looking

Thanks! Been working on it or a bit. The green PETG really shimmers.

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