EcoSphere Stand

by MatthewLaBerge, published

EcoSphere Stand by MatthewLaBerge Jan 7, 2013

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My mother purchased an EcoSphere just before Christmas. An EcoSphere is a self sustaining mini environment containing shrimp, green algae, coral & decorative rocks. The sphere is supposed to last for anywhere between 5-15 years. When it arrived my mother asked me to design and print a stand for it. I refined the design over a few weekends and completed printing it this morning. I chose to print it in the brand new Taulman 618 Nylon because it could be dyed in any color she wanted, she chose orange. The stand is completely hollow consisting of only 4 perimeters, the EcoSphere is held in place with some poster tack.

I have included the Pro/Engineer CAD data for those interested in modifying this design.


  1. Print Stand without infill, top or bottom. I suggest printing the stand with no more than four perimeters.

  2. Stick three small beads of poster tack on the EcoSphere mounting surface.

  3. Place EcoSphere on top of stand and enjoy.

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would this work with the spehere shaped ecosphere? I see you have the tall oval shaped one...

I don't see any reason why it wont, the bottom of the egg shaped ecosphere is a sphere. You may need to scale the stand depending on how large of a sphere it is.

They definately aren't brine shrimp, I'm pretty sure they are red cherry shrimp though it's a little hard to tell the shrimp breed as the photo of the shrimp is small.

Not sure where I got the brine shrimp from, it looks like they are red-pink shrimp. Thanks.

OK, I'll ask. How did you like the Nylon? I have a couple of rolls and I can't wait to use it, but I also have a STACK of other stuff to build and test...

Hey George, I have to say that I absolutely love it! I have zero issues extruding it and once I figured out how to get it to stick to the build platform there was no holding me back. Other than Laywoo-D3 this is the most exciting filament to come along since PLA. I highly recommend giving it a shot.

Well, since you brought it up...

How did you get it to stick? Kapton? ABS glue? Heat settings?

Come on, spill...

Oh, and the dye looks great, did you use rit?

I tried Kapton & Painter Tape with terrible results, I even tried heating the bed. I print on a non-heated 1/8" thick sheet of nylon I bought from McMaster-Carr. I print the first layer really squished to get a good bond with the nylon, the parts release with a slight rap from a spatula. I also print the nylon at 220 deg C