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Steam Train Whistle

by MikeP-NZ, published

Steam Train Whistle by MikeP-NZ Apr 20, 2013

Description

This is a 3D printed version of a wooden novelty toy that belonged to my son's friend. The sound it makes is unique with the 2 notes combining perfectly.

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Great job Mike! Thanks.

Hi Bob, Two things spring to mind. Check your filament diameter with a digital caliper and check it matches the measurement entered in Slic3r. Or you could just override the feed-rate to 110% or more in the Repetier Host. The second thing is to switch to a smaller nozzle. 0.4mm or 0.35mm will produce much higher resolution prints. For reference I print almost everything with 0.25mm layer height and a 0.35mm nozzle and PLA.

Nice whistle, but I am having grief getting a non-porous structure. I have used up to 40% infill but still porous. I am using a prusa/mendel printer, Slic3r & Repentier to run it, I use a 0.50 nozzle and layer height of 25, and am using PLA 1.75.

Anyone have any suggestions? If I wrap whistle in tape to seal it it works great, but its not the solution.

Bob

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Steam Train Whistle by MikeP-NZ is licensed under the Creative Commons - Attribution license.

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Instructions

This working prototype was printed on a RepRap Prusa-Mendel It2.
Sliced with Slic3r 0.9.9
Layer height:0.25mm
nozzle dia 0.35mm
2 perimeters
3 layers top and bottom
0.25 (25%) fill at 45° with solid fill threshold set at 5 sq.mm.
The print time was 65 minutes and it took 14.7 cm3 of PLA.
That's 2.4m of 3mm filament.

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CharlieTCU on Mar 22, 2014 said:

Great job Mike! Thanks.

Bob2299 on Nov 21, 2013 said:

Nice whistle, but I am having grief getting a non-porous structure. I have used up to 40% infill but still porous. I am using a prusa/mendel printer, Slic3r & Repentier to run it, I use a 0.50 nozzle and layer height of 25, and am using PLA 1.75.

Anyone have any suggestions? If I wrap whistle in tape to seal it it works great, but its not the solution.

Bob

MikeP-NZ on Nov 21, 2013 said:

Hi Bob, Two things spring to mind. Check your filament diameter with a digital caliper and check it matches the measurement entered in Slic3r. Or you could just override the feed-rate to 110% or more in the Repetier Host. The second thing is to switch to a smaller nozzle. 0.4mm or 0.35mm will produce much higher resolution prints. For reference I print almost everything with 0.25mm layer height and a 0.35mm nozzle and PLA.

skyreacher on Nov 14, 2013 said:

A really cool whistle, already made two of them and now going to print a third.

ldipenti on Jul 25, 2013 said:

Worked great! printed with 1,75mm PLA

Tinkerer on Jul 4, 2013 said:

I really like how it sounds like a train whistle. I would love to know how to design whistles and predict the sound they make ahead of time.

Barnacules on Apr 20, 2013 said:

Printed out a small one and a large one, for the large one I needed to use a RAFT since it lifted a bit but still works fantastic! I uploaded my pic.

boemeles on Apr 20, 2013 said:

I tried printing it, it gave me an error in slic3r though, about it finding an hole somewhere... Bummer

MikeP-NZ on Apr 20, 2013 said:

I used Slic3r 0.9.9 that comes bundled with Repetier Host 0.85b and I get no error messages for either file.

hreedijk on Apr 20, 2013 said:

Great, curious about the tone!
Do you also have a version without the text?

MikeP-NZ on Apr 20, 2013 said:

I guess you'll have to make one to find out what it sounds like. Did I mention it's loud?
I added the advertising free version just for you.

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