Bacteriophage T4

by cathalgarvey Jan 25, 2012
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Want to print this as a pair of earrings. Fingers crossed.

I printed 4, two of the heads popped off.

My dad and mom works on phage.

I don't know if you can or not but the legs are way too thin to be able to print this reliably. I scaled it up 2.5x and sunk it into the plate 2mm. The legs are still less than 1mm tips at this size and then you have to build a fair portion of the model on top of those tips.
If you could make the legs a little beefier (even if it isn't true to form), I would print this at 2.5x scale so you could see it made.
I am printing the existing design but I think it is going to fail, we will see though.

Yeah, the legs have broken off ours as well, 20% in to the making. Let me know if you have any success. Cheers

It should be possible to print with a dual-extruder (like in the Replicator) where one of the heads is set up with water-soluble plastic. However, you need to make a negative-space 2nd component model. I have not looked into this yet but maybe someone else knows how to do this easily.