Driftwood with Ball

by stevemedwin, published

Driftwood with Ball by stevemedwin Feb 10, 2013

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This is an abstract shape that reminds me of driftwood, especially because the "grain" of the model adds to the design. With multiple view ports, it's interesting to see the ball in different positions.

For one print, I used an oil based paint marker to paint the ball black.

UPDATE: I added a version I printed with black PLA, sanded, spray painted black and then painted the ball with gold. It reminds me of Japanese lacquerware.


I used ReplicatorG on my MakerBot Replicator2 with the Replicator 2 slicing defaults and the following settings with white MB PLA:

Infill = 10%
Layer Height = 0.200

Shells = 1

Feedrate = 40
Travel Feed = 55
Temperature = 220

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It's much smaller than I thought! I think I will print a second version scaled x2. Nice design!

Is the white part ABS? What color is it?

I printed it in white PLA. I'm glad you like the design.

I've successfully printed this without supports - the bottom of the "driftwood" is a little stringy and the bottom of the ball needs to be sanded but it can be done! What an awesome design!!! What software did you use to design such a beautiful piece?

Also, I notice that the sculpture fits my hand perfectly allowing me to rotate the ball with my thumb and I've taken to carrying the piece in my coat pocket. It's an ideal combination of art, science and magic that helps explain what 3D printers are capable of and what needs improvement.

Bravo, good sir!

Thanks for your comments. I never would have thought to try printing without support so I'm glad it worked for you. I was using Groboto last year when I did this design. It was very easy to do Booleans. Lately I've been using ZBrush for my organic work.


Yes. Support is needed to successfully print the top and the ball.

Did you use Rafts and Supports?