Tardis salt shaker

by konrad44, published

Tardis salt shaker by konrad44 Nov 12, 2011

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This thing is derivative of http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1528 and http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:12278

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Thread worked just right when printed on Netfabb and Ultimaker. At the same time this combo is known to slightly increase outer dimensions of printed objects. If you have any trouble with the thread let me know and I'll fix it.

Be careful when printing light on top of the lid. It is a small structure so can overheat easily - cool it down appropriately (slow down, orbit or just blow on it).

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I had the same problem with the threads not completely engaging, it was a bit loose(ABS). I scaled the lid to 97% and it fits perfect.

Need to add a 3 hole cover too for pepper :D

I tried printing this a couple of times but every time the print messes up around 30%, and the extruder keeps moving, but no PLA comes out. As a result, if I don't monitor it to cancel the print on time, it hangs mid-air as it's thinking that it's still layering the PLA. I don't know what I'm doing wrong. Do you think it's the PLA? I just printed a scaled down version of this: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:54476/#fileshttp://www.thingiverse.com/thi... with the same PLA and it printed all OK... Please help!

Tardis Keychain

Lol, probably no point in responding to such an old post, but I had a similar problem with large/tall prints in the past on my Replicator 2. It isn't really the design's fault, its the printer. I really don't know, but I guess whenever there is lots of retraction (tall detailed surface) it increases the likelihood of jams and clogs. The short term solution is to monitor your print and as soon as you see it start to stop printing, go to Change Filament and press Load Filament to run the extruder until the clog breaks and filament comes out of it again, then resume print. If this doesn't work, try cleaning the Gear Box out using a toothbrush per the user manual's instructions to clear any jams.

On an Up the threads don't grab--the top just slips on as others have noted.

You have no idea how much salt fits in this thing. Started filling it last Saturday, was still taking more this Thursday. Some of it came out wet.

Got such a nice print of the Tardis (see blue Tardis picture above). Inside and out very nice. Didn't do so well on the thread at the top... almost not there and the salt shaker top "slips" on... so I'm not sure what's wrong. It didn't do so well spanning the inside top of the salt shaker either. The light on the top of the Tardis seems rounded... not square. Maybe my printer didn't handle it that well? Too fine? maybe a skeinforge setting?

Bit of a bugger really as the Tardis itself took almost 2 hours to print!

The print has been done with PLA at 190 degrees C.

Honestly though.. I do really love the quality of the print on the Tardis.


Can you measure inner diameter of the hole in the lid, and outer diameter of thread on main part (valley-to-valley and hill-to-hill) with caliper?

I would like to fix it and learn how to set proper clearances. Funny thing is that as I wrote on my machine (Ultimaker + Netfabb) the thread works jus
t fine but I suspect it's side effect of overshooting outer dimensions.

Light on top of lid is perfectly round in STL file and in my printout so it must be something in your Skeinforge or machine settings.

[thingiverse didn't tell me about this message - you were right]

I must appolgise first for not having terribly accurate measuring tools!

Outer diameter of thread - valley to valley = 25mm (fraction under)
Outer diameter of thread - hill to hill = 25mm (fraction over)

Inner diameter of hole in the lid = 27mm

Picture attached (my holding the object and taking
a picture at the same time in low light is a great recipe for non accurate measurements!)

OK, now you need a dalek pepper shaker.

I'll bet it holds a lot more salt than you would think, am I right? :)

Sure. It also vanish into thin air occasionally along with salt inside. Don't bother looking for it then. It will come back. Just be patient and listen for a strange sound.