Make #3 - Snap Together Garland

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Make #3 - Snap Together Garland by faberdasher Dec 3, 2013


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These little polyhedra snap together, for the ultimate festive garland! A little more challenging to make (see instructions), but a great project to build with friends and family. Sit down with a glass of something sparkling and enjoy snapping your garland together!

Faberdashery are releasing daily, seasonal designs for you to print and enjoy. Join in the fun with our 25 Days of Making! This is Make #3 of 25. Inspired by the great work of 'pmoews' 1 & 2.


This is a more challenging design to print- but well worth it!
Each bead only has a small area of contact, so make sure your bed is level and use Blue Tape for good PLA adhesion. Slice with 2 shells (/perimeters) and 1% infill. We prefer coarse resolution (0.3mm) purely for speed.

To test your machine is tuned in, start off with the minimal 'Starter' set, before attempting an epic build!

Created in stunning Faberdashery Bling Bling Gold PLA^ and Arctic White PLA^. Each 1 meter of Garland requires 51 pieces ~60g of material (~7m of 3mm / ~20m of 1.75mm filament). For bonus points build sets in complimentary colours :)

When you remove the finished pieces, they may require some 'fettling' to widen the hole. It shouldn't require too much force to insert the other half. The process is strangely addictive- and a great shared build with someone special... Snap Together!

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WoW...nice work!!! Smart connection system and nie shapes!!! =)

Another tip for anyone making these: the assembly process will be much easier if you're careful to make sure there is no stringing between the three parts on the top. Do a quick clean-up with a sharp knife for any tiny strings that might be there.

Two shells, zero infill made the necks pretty fragile. i may need to work on this one a bit.

What slicing software and machine are you using? It looks like the flow rate is a little high (too much material deposited). It's really helpful to widen the hole on each piece- it should snap with very little force :)

Latest Slic3r, Printrbot Plus (v1), 0.4mm tip. I fine-tuned all my calibrations just a hair and I am trying it again, but with zero infill Slic3r leaves the first layer of the neck (first round layer after the octagon) with only a wafer thin support underneath, meaning that the neck part has very little vertical strength when you push down on it to snap it in place. I think some infill will help.

Thanks for the feedback. Let us know your final infill settings and we will update our instructions. Ta :)

I just printed a set @ 30% infill and they are vastly improved. I visualized different gcodes in Pronterface and even as little as 1% infill forces Slic3r to put a solid layer just below the vertical piece, which is what you need.

Neat- thanks for the tip. Also in MakerWare (/MiracleGrue), even 1% infill switches the bridging algorithm and copes better. Will update the instructions. Looking forward to seeing your Garland :)