Flower in White

by stevemedwin, published

Flower in White by stevemedwin Feb 18, 2013

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I wasn't able to name this thing until I started photographing it. It just seemed like I was taking pictures of a flower because it has similar surfaces, yet was all in white. And like a flower, it is interesting to view from many different angles.
This was my first design using the "autobots" in Groboto, a different kind of 3D design program. It took several iterations to scale the design to be printed. This print is about 75 mm across and took almost 7 hours to finish.


I used ReplicatorG on a 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
I used a raft with full support in the orientation shown. Clean up wasn't too bad. The bottom of the "petals" needed a little work.

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You printed it standing up as in the uploaded file with support?

Yes - I will add that note to the instructions. At first, I tried laying it down, but the quality wasn't so great. It's much better using the pedestal. And support is needed in any case.

Figured as much - I've not touched Groboto in years - kinda forgot about it - I'll have to take another look.

I find it more of a fluid creation process rather than programming with Processing or OpenSCAD.