This is a birdhouse I designed for the Birdhouse challenge. It features a unique mounting system, utilizing 1" Schedule 40 PVC pipe. It can be inserted into the base, and sunk into the ground for a simple pole mount. Using elbows and different lenghts of pipe, you can mount multiple birdhouses in many configurations, and, using my Worktable filament spool part (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:54290) you can use a short length of PVC and mount this to a tree, the outer wall of a structure, fence post, or whatever you can drive screws into.
The design was inspired by the town of Griggsville, IL, with their massive Birdhouse complexes for the Purple Martins that flock there every year, and the look was styled after the dwellings in the animated series, "The Jetsons", as well as the Dymaxion Houses made from 1929 to the mid 40's.
I plan on making accessories for this, even if I don't win, such as bird baths, perches, seed bin, etc. and all will utilize the same 1" PVC connection.
Print one each of the following files:
Print at Medium Quality, .2mm layer height, 2 shells, 10% infill. other settings may still work fine. No support or raft is needed, but a raft may help when printing the roof. total printing time for me was about 11 hours to print all three parts. Changing your print speed or quality settings may produce faster results.
(Hi-Max_Bird_Condo_assembly.stl is only for reference)
insert a tab on the underside of the roof into a slot on the side of the wall. swing the lid closed, and while putting some pressure on the sides of the wall part, click the tab into the slot on the opposite side. the fit will be tight, as it's meant to be.
Push the assembled roof/wall section onto the raised ring on top of the base part. twist slightly. Friction fit should hold the base firm, but if it's not secure enough for your liking, it may be permenantly affixed with super glue or a hot glue gun.
insert a length of 1" Sch 40 PVC into the socket on the underside of base. get creative with mounting the PVC, and enjoy your new birdhouse!
For a slightly more detailed assembly proceedure, refer to the Hi-Max Assembly instructions.jpg provided in the gallery.