Raindrop "Birdhouse"

by Scintilla, published

Raindrop "Birdhouse" by Scintilla Jul 4, 2013


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A simple design that can be a useful bird house. Or you can print 2 back sides and put them together to make a whole raindrop for a cute prop or something.


Ikea inspired assembly. The 2 main pieces are built with hole slots and then you print the pegs that fit them separately.
Snap fit!

1 Back (or 2 if you just want a raindrop prop)
1 Front
1 Perch
8 Pegs
1 string

Glue all the pegs into one side and then put glue in the holes of the other side and snap together.
Insert the perch and glue from the back.
Tie a large knot in the string and thread the other end in through the entrance hole and out through the top hole. Hang up and enjoy!

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I like it a lot, although it seems possible that some water could drip through the cord. Maybe it needs some drainage holes in the bottom?

I think it has six or so drain holes on the bottom already.

Love the simple design, Needs a rib over the door to prevent water from running in. A half circle would do, 6mm or 1/4" out.

Nice birdhouse. I made one of white PLA. Had to use raft to print. Took about 6hrs per side with 20% infill.

Used a wire to hang it in my yard. No birds moved in yet but only been up a few hours. Opted to epoxy it together rather than use the pegs.

What material are people using? ABS or PLA? I would think ABS is a better choice to withstand the elements.

I've used pla and its been a couple years outside and no visible or structural damage yet.

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does it really work? I mean, birds get inside it?
I like this design.

I've had birds go in and out of it. I don't know what they were doing in there though because there was no nest made in it. Just a lot of poop. But it's only been up a couple months at my new place so we'll see.

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What do you think it cost to print this as a whole object? Im looking to buy a 3D printer and wonder what the cost is
for the material to print things like this.
Makerbot seems to have a good following support so looking at their system. There seems to be many companies out there but
not all have great support.

I just got my FIRST 3D Printer,it is an Anet A8,I paid $152.00,WITH shipping from gearbest.com,LOVE it,the filament was cheapest at Amazon.com.

Using a replicator 2 the edges don't perfectly overlap from the backdrop to front drop especially at the tip. I may try create a single piece using supports to make a better end product.

use a raft so the edges dont warp. But did you print them without support and it worked fine? Id like to print both pieces without support.

Yes. I used a raft AND supports. Each face of the halls facing down used about 1inch of supports right in the center of the drop. So very few supports for this. I used a makerbot2.

Put the bird houses in the shade so they don't over heat.

Yeah, this is definitely not the house's final resting place. They are going to go along an overhang on the side of the house. Best place and the wind won't catch it either.