3D-Printed Birdhouse, "bird" House

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3D-Printed Birdhouse, "bird" House by profhankd Jul 12, 2013
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In 2011, my daughter and I built a rather large 4-family wooden birdhouse for the Lexington, KY Arboretum's Birdhouse Display and Benefit Auction. We didn't want to sell it, so we put up an Instructable ( http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-the-bird-house/ ) detailing how to build one yourself. Now, we've made it much easier... although this 1/2-scale structure houses just one family.

Features? Sized for various small bird species, removable roof for cleaning, printed with 5-10% fill provides air gap thermal barrier, angled vent & floor drain slots, internal "ladder" to ease bird egress, darn cute design. ;-)


Simply print 2 fronts, a body, and a roof. Paint or print the parts in appropriate colors; painting external parts can improve weather resistance. Glue/weld the fronts on the body (which is also used for mounting). The roof is held in place by a couple of pieces of velcro stuck on the inside of the front plates.

Printed in PLA on MakerGear M2 using 0.3mm extrusion, single side wall and two top/bottom walls, 5% fill on roof, 10% fill elsewhere. Print times: front 1 hour, body 4 hours, roof 2 hours -- total about 8 hours.

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Wow, who you kidding. We live in the woods and don't have any birds that could get into that small a hole...

The entrance is sized for wren, nuthatch, titmouse, woodpecker, chickadee, swallow, warbler, etc.

The issue is actually the height from the floor, which is only a couple of inches... rather than the 4-6" recommended. If your printer can fit it, scaling up would help. My MakerGear M2 has a 200x250x200 build area, and this is only around 150mm tall, so it could be scaled-up quite a bit -- at least 150% -- but that would still leave the floor too close to the hole. If your printer can handle 200%, that would be close to ideal....

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Making this now. Modified to include my company logo on the sides. Tried to figure out how to print in two colors - with "bird" printed with a different filament. Using TinkerCad, but couldn't figure out how to make "bird" a different feature. Any ideas?

Well, on the front/back it is easy -- just do the stop-at-height-and-switch-filament trick. That would not work for the sides as designed; you'll have to separate that out into three pieces: a core and the bumped-out portions of the left and right sides.