Nested Birdhouse

by Gyrobot, published

Nested Birdhouse by Gyrobot Jul 11, 2013

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Prints fully assembled in "flat packed" mode (what..the..?) See : http://youtu.be/bl2VTvjv_UA
and http://instagram.com/p/cK80C-ha0d/# (thanks to nickythegreek)
Contains a perch, rain roof, ventilation, drainage, integrated hinges and is cleanable.
The hole is high enough so the chicks cannot fall out, yet they can climb up the sloped walls when ready to fly the nest.

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layer_height = 0.2

perimeters = 2

top_solid_layers = 2

bottom_solid_layers = 2

fill_density = 0.25

nozzle_diameter = 0.35

filament_diameter = 1.75


Print without support, it's all in the geometry.
It prints fully assembled in "flat packed" mode, just open and screw to tree/board.
I have included a PARTITION.stl so you can print two birdhouses off, and attach them back to back, to make a hanging condo.
A really small footprint for a large birdhouse. If you want to push the boundaries of unattended print time then I have included an stl where 3 of these are nested (sorry) together. The total build cube required for a nest of 3 is only = 176mm x 176mm x 107mm.

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I just got my UMO back in working order again, but I might still have to adjust a few things regading retract and maybe also tension on the belts. I tried just printing one of the hinges (I cut everything else out of the STL) and while it does open, it needs a bit of force the first 2-3 times as something is
welded' together in the hinge, is anyone else seeing this?

I might start a print with this soon anyway - it will take 9-12 hours on my machine ::D

So how does this go printing on a 0.4mm nozzle? As far as I can see with the 2 perimeters it's too small a gap to put infill. I guess my question is how does it handle slightly up sized? Or with a single perimeter

Try printing the first 10mm or so and see how your printer performs, it was fine on mine.

We printed a couple of these to test our new printer and have them outside the computer lab so our elementary school children can see them. One problem I think I've found is we had a bird land on the perch but the weight of the bird pushed the bottom parts together so it did not stand up to the weight of a bird on it.

Has anyone else seen this? I am sure we could do something like glue them in the open position to provide the stability but would seem to defeat the point. I love this design so trying to find out what we could do to make it usable?

Strange, if the comments are to go by, a common problem is over extrusion and the shells being too stiff, in your case I guess the shells are so loose that the integral end stops that are designed to stop the bottom shells slipping are not quite catching. Can you upload an "I made one" so I can investigate more? Glue sounds like a good option in your case, the birdhouse is only meant to be folded for the printing process and then left permanently unfolded.

Thanks for the reply - I uploaded a photo to the 'I Made One' section - I suspect the issue was the constantly having to open and close the first (green) model to show students just how it worked which made things not fit as well. I'll see how it goes and apply glue it needed to make it more stable.

Mines is almost done printing. Hopefully it will pull off the bed easily without breaking.
I did mess up tho and print PLA with ABS setting and the cooling fan disable. So ill find out in a bit.
Thanx for the design, its very nice

Hey congratz on the design. Any ideas why do i get the hinges welded toghether?

Probably over extrusion, there is 0.5mm clearance in the CAD model between all sliding faces, normally ok for the vast majority of well calibrated printers.

Ok, I'll try that. TKS!!!

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What an excellent design!

I had to scale it down to 80% to fit on my machine (UP! Mini) but it came out just fine.

I have to agree with the earlier comments - this should definitely have been a winner in the birdhouse design contest.

Thank you, an "I made one" upload would be great ;-)

the version on myminifactory is that a updated design or the same model like here ?

Well done for the spot, it is the same design, I was testing their submission process so I chose this model as my first upload.

Ah ok then I don't have to register there to get this model :)

No, they don't have anything exclusive, yet!!

Brilliant! Agree that this should have taken 1st, from both a design and manufacturing standpoint..

Fantastic 'simple' design. Thanks.

this should have been the winner :)
i find the remade craftmanshouse quite boring..

Thank, you, have you printed one off, if so I would love to see it? I think that's when it's inventiveness strikes home, after you see it unfold before your eyes.

sadly dont have use or place for a birdhouse..
but i printed one of your nested pieces.. i use it as a shoulder protection armor piece...
for a cosplay costume.
i share the pic as i painted it

Haha, a birdhouse for cosplay, excellent, I bet you couldn't do that with the 1st or 2nd place winners? Would you want a version without a birdhole? If you do, email me and I'll send you the stl, or is it worth a derivative for armour?

that would be nice! i mail you..

Congrats Gyrobot!!!

This can be the winner !
Nice idea and work.

Thank you very much.

Love the render of it on a build platform. Doesn't do much to convince me this is printable. Might be, looks good, but not sure.

This prints flawlessly. Unbelievable almost. Check out the pix from me, MAKERFAM in the right column. As far as hobbyist 3D printing goes, this is a seminal design and execution.

flawlessly indeed. great design and implementation. I printed this using my rep2x at .2mm. When I woke up (9 hour print) I took it off the bed, removed the raft and just opened it up!

Hi, thank you for your comment, watch this space, it's nearly finished printing at this moment with no problems so far. I wanted to upload before anyone else beat me too this type of concept. However, everybody's printer is different so there are no guarantees.

So Cool. You got my vote for best birdhouse for sure!

You were robbed. This is by far the best.

Cheers, have you finished playing with it yet, do the birds even get a look in? ;-)

Exclusive - Watch the next couple of days for another advancement of this nested small footprint technique, you might just let loose a little bit of wee.

Hi, many thanks for your support.