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Advent Calendar

by pleppik, published

Advent Calendar by pleppik Dec 3, 2012

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Description

This advent calendar has (will have) a box for each of the 25 days in December through Christmas, and a small "gift" for each box. The boxes fit together to form the shape of a Christmas tree.

I will be posting a box and gift each day until Christmas. I will try to get each day's parts posted the night before, so you will have time to print it on the proper day.

This Thing will eventually have all 25 days of parts. I will also post each day's parts as a derivative of this Thing, so there will be a convenient place for any "I Made One" posts of the daily pieces.

THANKS TO EVERYONE who contributed ideas for things to make. I got a lot of great suggestions, and I wish I could have used them all. This calendar is my entry into ProtoParadigm's Winter Wonderland Contest. Wish me luck!

List of Gifts:
Day 1: Wrapped Present
Day 2: Wrapped Present (with a bow)
Day 3: Toboggan/sled
Day 4: X-Wing
Day 5: Toy Train
Day 6: Snowman
Day 7: Candle
Day 8: Mug (of hot cocoa, coffee, tea, etc.)
Day 9: Church With Steeple
Day 10: Igloo
Day 11: Gingerbread House
Day 12: Makerbot Replicator 2
Day 13: Christmas Tree
Day 14: Gingerbread Man
Day 15: Bell
Day 16: Candycane
Day 17: Tardis
Day 18: Snowflake
Day 19: Santa Hat
Day 20: Toy Drum
Day 21: Burning Logs
Day 22: Plate of Cookies
Day 23: Festivus Pole
Day 24: Toy Rocket
Day 25: Star

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Thank you for this excellent project. I've been printing away. My children are assembling the tree and giving a toy each night for their Elf on the Shelf to play with. Having some trouble getting the gingerbread house to print. What settings are people using for their prints?

fantastic!!

Thanks for a wonderful project! I got the final piece finished on New Year's Day. There's about 25 different filaments that went into my build (PLA and ABS, in various colors), and I could have used more colors (brown, in particular). It looks great!

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Advent Calendar by pleppik is licensed under the Creative Commons - Attribution license.

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Instructions

1) Print the Gift and Box for each day.

2) Assemble the Boxes to make a Christmas tree.

3) Watch for the new parts for each day.

The All Files archive contains all the STL files, as well as all my CAD files for the parts. The parts were designed in ViaCAD--if you don't have that software these files probably won't be much good to you.

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kmemmons on Dec 10, 2013 said:

Thank you for this excellent project. I've been printing away. My children are assembling the tree and giving a toy each night for their Elf on the Shelf to play with. Having some trouble getting the gingerbread house to print. What settings are people using for their prints?

MyMiniFactory on Oct 18, 2013 said:

fantastic!!

toybuilder on Jan 5, 2013 said:

Thanks for a wonderful project! I got the final piece finished on New Year's Day. There's about 25 different filaments that went into my build (PLA and ABS, in various colors), and I could have used more colors (brown, in particular). It looks great!

beekeeper on Dec 24, 2012 said:

Truly Wonderful!

RichRap on Dec 24, 2012 said:

All Done ! - Thank you Peter for a great Advent - Have a fantastic Christmas and Happy New Year. - Rich.

pleppik on Dec 24, 2012 said:

Thank you, and a Merry Christmas to you too!

neredera on Dec 23, 2012 said:

What a great project. I just have to ask: How much weighs the complete tree?

pleppik on Dec 23, 2012 said:

About 650g. It took about half a reel of the green, plus little bits of a lot of other colors.

pleppik on Dec 22, 2012 said:

Almost there....The last pieces will be posted tomorrow, as traditionally an Advent calendar goes through the 24th.

thecrazy on Dec 21, 2012 said:

how about a toy that we can actualy play with, like a spin top, or one of those awesome truck that can be printed in one shot http://www.thingiverse.com/thi...

pleppik on Dec 21, 2012 said:

That would be cool, for sure. At this point I've finished all my designs, so maybe I'll try this for my next crazy project.

RichRap on Dec 19, 2012 said:

It's getting exciting now, 5 more boxes to balance on top - I wonder what the top of the tree going to look like...

pleppik on Dec 20, 2012 said:

Yes, the end is in sight....

RichRap on Dec 19, 2012 said:

Anyone having problems with printing the Day19 Santa Hat, take a look at my supportless version - http://www.thingiverse.com/thi...

toybuilder on Dec 19, 2012 said:

Plate for days 13-18 are now up as well (http://www.thingiverse.com/thi.... I'm a little stuck right now getting my gift for day 4 to come out well -- I've decided to do it in silver PLA which I never printed with before (and had some "classic" PLA jamming problems) - I think I've got it sorted out, so I'm hoping to get the rest of the gifts printed in quick succession after that.

pleppik on Dec 18, 2012 said:

The Santa Hat is probably the most challenging model to print in the entire set. It will require support.

MakeALot on Dec 17, 2012 said:

Congratulations - on Wired!
http://www.wired.com/design/20...

RichRap on Dec 17, 2012 said:

Nice job Peter, and thanks for the post Joseph.

Hopefully we can get a few more printed for Christmas, go on you know you want a 3D printed Advent Calendar !

zaaphod on Dec 16, 2012 said:

I'm having trouble getting the puzzle pieces of the tree to fit correctly, I'm getting just a U shape that doesn't really close in to make the pieces fit right.  I have tried lots of various configurations in slic3r and still can't get these to come out right.  the STLs look right, but I can't get them to look like the posted photos.. my pieces are just fitting way too loosely.  Does anyone have any suggestions or could perhaps post a slic3r  config.ini file for these?   I'm using a 0.5mm nozzle, perhaps I need a smaller nozzle to get the details to be fine enough?

toybuilder on Dec 16, 2012 said:

Well, I'm running stock 0.4mm nozzle on the Replicator, and there's enough of a "C" shape that you could lose almost another  0.5 mm at each tip before the C starts turning into a U.  

Do you have a way of looking at your gcode with slic3r?  Maybe you can open it up with SkeinForge and run the SkeinLayer viewer?  (if you have a Mac, apparently Pleasant 3D is a nice viewer - I don't use a Mac, so I don't know.)

That said, the pieces I have fit loosely, but the keys do stay in the channels.

airwolf3d on Dec 16, 2012 said:

We are having fun putting this together - the family can't wait to see the next gift.  Thank you Pleppik to sharing this!

toybuilder on Dec 16, 2012 said:

This thing is going to be huge when it's done, isn't it?  Boxes for days 1 to 6 are now done.  That was around 17 hours!

pleppik on Dec 16, 2012 said:

Yeah, it's getting pretty big. More than halfway done, though! When the whole tree is put together, it's going to be about 450mm tall (around 18 inches).

toybuilder on Dec 16, 2012 said:

Are you still looking for things to add to the calendar?  Or have you more or less figured it out to Christmas?

pleppik on Dec 16, 2012 said:

I have a pretty good plan at this point, but it's not all done. Still open to suggestions if you have one.

josephflaherty on Dec 14, 2012 said:

Hi Peter - I'm a writer for http://www.wired.com/design/au... - if you have a minute today, I'd love to chat about your project for a story I'm working on. I'm [email protected]

pleppik on Dec 17, 2012 said:

Nice article--Thanks!

toybuilder on Dec 13, 2012 said:

My wife just saw this and made a request that we have one...  So it's a mad rush to get caught up.  I plated days 1 - 6 here: http://www.thingiverse.com/thi... -- you're welcome to grab that, or make your own plate and put it here (then let me know, and I can delete my version or repoint to your master thing).

pleppik on Dec 14, 2012 said:

Can you make that a derivative of this one? That will be easier for people to find and make sure you get credit.

RichRap on Dec 13, 2012 said:

I just spotted that Day3 is actually a sled! I was thinking it was a stack of candy canes ! - that explains the ridges :)

RichRap on Dec 13, 2012 said:

Awesome ! more Gingerbread, now what colour?...

pleppik on Dec 13, 2012 said:

I used RepRaper's gold ABS. It doesn't look much like the metal of the same name, but it's not a bad gingerbread.

wifibum on Dec 13, 2012 said:

Thank you for making clean stl files that plate easily in OpenScad!  With out this I would never catch up, much less keep up!!!  I printed 6 boxes in one print.

jtktam on Dec 12, 2012 said:

what color is the boxes printed in?

pleppik on Dec 13, 2012 said:

Green. The boxes will (eventually) take the shape of a Christmas tree.

You could also print boxes 1 and 2 in brown, as they are the trunk of the tree. I didn't think of that in time.

RichRap on Dec 11, 2012 said:

Can't wait for the next one, I'm playing the print colour gamble, should I have saved my Purple, will I regret already using my two Gold's? Will I need to find yet another shade of white :)

pleppik on Dec 12, 2012 said:

If you notice the shade of green in the tree suddenly changing, you'll know I lost my game of chicken with my filament supply.

bbriggstkd on Dec 11, 2012 said:

This is fun.  I had a few ideas if you are still looking.  Some of these might not print well.
 
Ball Cap
baseball
car
doll or teddy bear
Football
Childs building block with a letter on it
Toy car
Laptop
Jack from ball and jack set
Candy cane
Wrapped piece of candy
Star Burst ala shepherds watching their fields
Puppy
Roller skate

dansxmods on Dec 11, 2012 said:

I really admire your persistence in designing all these things. I wish I could gain the skills required to design something so clever. Thank you for sharing. Merry Christmas.

kietcallies on Dec 11, 2012 said:

Having fun printing this out. Day 11 (Gingerbread House) seems to be a larger file than the others. I also receive a corrupted STL file warning when converting with Axon for a Rapman 3.1.

RichRap on Dec 11, 2012 said:

I fixed it in Netfabb cloud then rotated it and sliced the back off (removed the back roof edge) print it on the back - front facing up, you don't need support then. 

mattwj2005 on Dec 11, 2012 said:

Pleppik, thank you for sharing the spirit of the holiday! :)

RichRap on Dec 10, 2012 said:

Hello Pleppik,

I caught up now, (photos soon) - so I can plan the overall tree colour, can you let me know how many boxes are along the bottom row please.

Cheers,

Rich.

pleppik on Dec 10, 2012 said:

There will be six boxes across the bottom row above boxed 1 and 2.

avrgeek on Dec 10, 2012 said:

Very cool idea.  My fiancee and I were looking for an advent calendar in the store, but with this advent calendar being posted on thingiverse, we are just printing out each piece.  Out of curiosity  what program are you using to do the design work?

pleppik on Dec 10, 2012 said:

I'm using ViaCAD. It's not always the easiest program to work with, but it's reasonably powerful and generates clean STLs.

MacGyver on Dec 8, 2012 said:

I'm hoping I don't get negative Xmas points by only printing out the gifts.

pleppik on Dec 8, 2012 said:

I guess that's not really for me to decide. It's up to the big guy at the North Pole.

RichRap on Dec 7, 2012 said:

Very cool, I just need to catch up printing them now!

I have enough colours to make every gift different, my kids will love this! Thanks for doing this.

RichRap on Dec 7, 2012 said:

And for more Ideas I'm thinking - (flashback to childhood Christmas) ...

A Transformer or Action figure - He-man if you can :)
Atari2600 or SNES or Genesis
Rubik's Cube
Trivial Pursuit (wedges)
LEGO ! lots and lots of LEGO...
Scalextric / Hot wheels
Airfix kit+ Glue

Just remember kids, Christmas is not just about toys :)

mrigsby on Dec 7, 2012 said:

I'm caught up now . . . looking forward to each new day!

pleppik on Dec 7, 2012 said:

Oh, man, now people are counting on me. What have I gotten myself into?

MacGyver on Dec 6, 2012 said:

Do I get penalized if I only print out the presents?  

MacGyver on Dec 6, 2012 said:

This awesome thing has been here for two days and I'm the first one to post a print from it!  Come on people start posting what you have printed!

nischi on Dec 5, 2012 said:

hi - really cool.

if you want a butterfly or elefant i put the dxfs online: http://www.thingiverse.com/thi...
http://www.thingiverse.com/thi...
both are cookie/cheese cutter

LukeChilson on Dec 5, 2012 said:

Hey, this is really cool! Have you considered entering it in ProtoParadigm's December Design Contest? There's 12kg of Plastic Filament up for grabs.

pleppik on Dec 5, 2012 said:

Luke: Thanks for the heads up. I will definitely enter it into the contest, especially since I will be needing more green filament.

Just a heads-up though--at least for me, 12kg isn't a year's supply of plastic. More like six months. :)

DaGroundZero on Dec 5, 2012 said:

chunk of coal, a doll,  elf, elf shoe, top, gift or package, bicycle, USS Enterprise, Star Trek Logo, red rider bb gun, snowman

gpvillamil on Dec 5, 2012 said:

Little green man (go ahead and use mine if you want)
Car
Church
Flying saucer

zaaphod on Dec 4, 2012 said:

how about a small car, truck, or airplane? 

MakerBeck on Dec 4, 2012 said:

I like this, here are some RidesIdeas:
Partridge bird
Pear
Dove
Diamond ring or just a diamond
Ornament
Star topper
Elf or elf shoe
Santa or Santa hat
Ice skate

Conseils on Dec 4, 2012 said:

Snowman, snowflake, sledge, candycane, reprap printer... ;-)

Creatorson on Dec 4, 2012 said:

Neat idea, I wish you well on keeping up the pace.

lthomas987 on Dec 4, 2012 said:

Gift ideas: ball, whistle, flower, gingerbread man, snowflake

smolkd on Dec 4, 2012 said:

Totally ninja bread man mini cookie cutter.

satoer on Dec 4, 2012 said:

Nice project, but you are a bit late… or way to early ;)

pleppik on Dec 4, 2012 said:

It's meant to be assembled as the month goes. As long as I can stay a day ahead of the calendar, there's time to print each day and have it ready in time.
Anyway, that's my strategy for getting around the fact that the inspiration didn't hit until sometime in the afternoon of December 1st.

zheng3 on Dec 4, 2012 said:

Very clever!

starworks on Dec 4, 2012 said:

i love this.

andrewar on Dec 4, 2012 said:

Idea: how about a scaled down version of one of the earliest things posted on Thingiverse...

thecrazy on Dec 4, 2012 said:

Just had an idea for the top peice!!! you could try to do something with an LED and a switch to turn it on. Its easier than it sounds look at this: http://www.thingiverse.com/thi...

mifga on Dec 4, 2012 said:

I really love this! Thanks for getting this project started! +1 to keeping it going!

mikeq on Dec 4, 2012 said:

How about a whistle or a small top.

pleppik on Dec 4, 2012 said:

Maybe a Christmas dreidel, and go for the religion mashup.

thecrazy on Dec 4, 2012 said:

Whatever you do don't forget to make Dr. Who's tardis! :)

pleppik on Dec 4, 2012 said:

Now that I've done an X wing, I suppose I don't want to be accused of playing favorites.

MakerBlock on Dec 3, 2012 said:

What a cool idea!  How about...

Reindeer, snowflake, snowman, candy cane, penguin, scarf, stockings, fireplace, a tree (within a tree?!!), elf, santa, santa hat, coal, eggnog, holly, mistletoe, sugarplums, candle, wreath, bells, bow, carolers, ornaments, candy, icicle, milk and cookies, and/or a gingerbread man?

I think that's 27 ideas.  :)

pleppik on Dec 3, 2012 said:

Great ideas! Thanks!

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