p Earring #2 Nautilus Section

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p Earring #2 Nautilus Section by benglish Nov 30, 2011
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The Nautilus from the Shellter project was really cool, so I sliced it and added an ring to it. However, I wanted to do something that only a 3D printer could do, so I scrapped that and made this from scratch instead. While making the outline I made her name in the center, to make them uniquely hers.

I know that that move doesn't help 99.9% of you out there. She didn't notice her name until I told her, so maybe yours won't notice either!

Update: I've added files for a shell without a name (but have not tested them).


Scale. Print. Dip.

I printed it without raft or supports on my Up!

I dipped it a few times in acetone.

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Prints great in gold PLA from BilbyCNC!
I had to print the way up you have it facing - when printing upside-down the UP added some smudgy stuff around the edge on 1st layer -could not turn it off - no matter what support settings!
Resized to about 65%

Prints like a charm on an Ultimaker with Cura.

I printed it in PLA with "fine" preset, really nice!

(no raft or support are needed, just make sure you do not print it upside-down or the ring will fail.)

Made one left, one right. No cleaning needed whatsoever. It is missing some infill, but who cares? These are earrings, not a subframe for a spaceship...

Looks great! Where did you get that color of PLA?

Thanks for the Mel-free version.

can you turn this upside down? your STLs are non-manifold and even http://cloud.netfabb.comcloud.netfabb.com can't fix them, and the earring loop hangs in mid-air

perhaps you could slice the geometry given in http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:9177http://www.thingiverse.com/thi...

, but then you would have to add loops. Also, ReplicatorG let's you easily flip over an .stl

Nautilus Shell
by tc_fea

That was my first thought as well, but it didn't turn out as I'd hoped. The center section became muddled when sliced with any reasonable thickness.

Explain "non-manifold" please

Lovely modelling. What software did you use? Looks great smoothed by the acetone.

I just printed one in PLA. SFACT complained a lot about the STL (sorry, in a hurry, didn't write the warnings down...) but it printed anyway.

Is there an acetone equivalent for PLA? And can we have a version without the name in the middle, please?

I would love to know if there is a PLA equivalent to acetone for ABS. Perhaps Acetone works for PLA also. I haven't started printing with PLA yet, but I do imagine it would look very cool in PLA. I built it from the ground up with the name inscribed. I used solidworks. It should be easy enough to change. Let me take a look...

Acetone does dissolve PLA, but the solubility is quite low so it's unlikely to eat your whole part if you leave it in. Give it a go, see what happens!