Twisted Hex Vase

by bkpsu, published

Twisted Hex Vase by bkpsu Apr 9, 2013
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A quick loft in Inventor from a hexagon base to an open hexagon top, twisted clockwise two turns. Expanded base to provide stability, and make it look more like a real vase, while maintaining that cool twisted look.

Can also be used as a toothbrush/pen holder :)

Dimensions are 60 x 60 mm @ the base, 100 mm tall.


Orange version was printed in ABS @ 230 deg-C, 0.4mm layers w/ 0.5mm J-head.

Black version was printed at 150% scale in PLA @ 185 deg-C, in 0.2mm layers w/ 0.5mm J-head.

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Printed this all the up to 7.5 inch height, looks beautiful but it is leaking some water through the layers, any suggestions?

What you can do is increase the number of perimeters. This will increase the width of the vase, so there is a greater chance of it being waterproof. Also, you can increase how much infill you put on the bottom.

Hope this helps!

This is a great vase. Everyone we show it to wants one too.

If I don't have a 3D printer myself and I want to have a look how many cm3 it is to print, in which (free) software can I best do this? If I import it into NetFabb it is a filled object and I do not see how to make it hollow as a vase here. If I import it in Makerware I see it as a hollow vase but I don(t see how to calculate the number of slices, printing volume (cm3 and printing time?

can somebody shed some light for me please? thanks!

Printing volume & time is fully dependent on printer settings (mainly the % of infill and the printing speed the person printing the object sets in their slicing software). On my printer, using 25% infill, this prints in ~2.5 hours, using 2.8 meters of plastic, but then I do have my printer set slower to get better print quality. If you use services like makexyz or 3dhubs, this shouldn't cost you more than $10-15 to get printed. I'd recommend my shop on those sites, but my printer is currently offline due to a move :)