by CafeT, published
An experimental piece for when I get a MakerBot or other 3D printer. Here I was going for a smoother, harmonic feeling and an almost symmetrical set of individuals with common characteristics yet nonuniform interdependence. (That was fun to write!) Given the mostly mechanical, minimalistic, functionally-oriented designs on Thingiverse (with exceptions, of course), this thing is a final product of solely aesthetic utility (OK, maybe it can find a job as a paperweight). I wanted a smooth mesh, but another subdivision and the file is more than 120 MB. Made in Blender.
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This would be made from a single material, so as long as your printer uses support material of some kind there probably wouldn't be any issues.
I tried to design this without self intersection of the mesh, but you should check that before you try to print.
Also, it would be interesting to replace certain stem-like portions with a rubbery material, such a silicone, extruded along with the harder plastic of the rest of the object. Hung upside down in a car, for example, it might produce pleasing pendulous perturbation.
Update: Seems there's some self-intersection, but there might be tools out there to correct that (or one could write a Blender script that creates simple meshes from possibly self-intersecting ones, maybe using bindings to CGAL?). I'll get around to fixing it at some point, tired now though.