Purple Baron Carousel

by Scalone, published

Purple Baron Carousel by Scalone Dec 31, 2016

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Purple Baron Carousel

When I saw for the first time the Hand Cranked Vinyl Player by Oana I immediately thought that it was a perfect starting point for a carousel! And why not realising a carousel with cork biplanes?!

Turning the crank makes the cork airplanes take-off.


Print Settings


Original Prusa I3 MK2


Doesn't Matter




Equal or less than 200 um for better results




I remixed the baseplate and some gears.
After some tweaking with an x-acto kife the baseplate, the stems and the upper gear will combine nicely. Have a look at the photos for proper connections.
Remember to keep the pieces connecting to the biplanes turn freely!
Some glue is needed as for the original Hand Cranked Vynil Player design.
The propeller needs a M3 6mm screw (or any small screw) for connection.
For better results and easier build up, print with at least 200um resolution.

Have fun and let the biplanes fly high!

Update 07/02/2017
I uploaded an easier-to-print version of the longest objects in Set03. They are tall parts with small footprint and can be tricky to print. The supports prevent them from falling off. Remove them before the final build-up.

Update 11/02/2017
Despite double checking, it seems that the Box and the Stem STL files, that are difficult (to impossible) to slice if you are not using Slic3r. Sorry for the issue and many thanks to @geirskogul for reporting back! The corrected files are online and ready to be printed!
If you still experience issues slicing in Simplify3D the Box file, just click on Mesh->Separate Connected Surfaces. It should then slice without any problem!

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Trying to print the box using Cura, which support do you recommend for this?
i forgot to turn it on on the first try and i ended with a bunch of spaghetti when he started printing to top of the arches.

Hi Nymeia!
I have not a special experience in using Cura. After installing it, I had a look at Cura's support settings, and as a general suggestion, I would reccomend the following:

  • overhang angle: 50° should be enough. On some edges of the object, the support seems to be too thin and I fear it could crack during the printing. Depending on the reliability of your printer, you can obtain more consistent results decreasing to 45° or less.
  • Zigzag support pattern
  • 15% support densinty should be enough

I have to say that talking about support, I really like the way Simplify3D and Slic3r behave.

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I am making your remix as we speak. Can you by chance post the two parts that hold the vertical shaft to the end of the horizontal shaft. I glued mine together and then broke the vertical shaft. I don't want to have to reprint the other parts that would make extras.


See my album on the issues that might explain the problems others have been having, here: http://imgur.com/a/h5BEZ

There is something wrong with the carousel box, and the arms. The arms are in four separate shells (tip, front and back arcs, and the base pins), and the carousel box is in, again, four separate shells. This would explain phawk754's problem.

This is not a layer adhesion issue, it's an STL and shell issue. The only way I have gotten your remixed parts to print properly is to use options in the slicer (I use simplify3D, but have tested in MatterControl and cura) that are like "merge all outlines into a single model." Otherwise, you get different parts. There is something wrong with the way these were saved after modeling.

Merge all outlines into a single manifold doesn't fix it totally, though, as that removes any holes in the object. Definitely wouldn't work for the carousel box. This might explain the issues.

Comments deleted.

Hi! Sorry for that and thank you for getting deep in this issue. I double checked all the files before uploading them and they are the same I sliced in Slic3r to print the whole desing. I'll be checking it again tomorrow! I'll let you know very soon!

I couldn't wait and already checked. You were absolutely right! I uploaded the correct version of the files. Double (and even triple) checking somethimes is not enough! It is quite interesting to notice that Slic3r seems to slice the non merged files flawlessly anyway.

It looks like you've fixed the arms, which slice correctly now, as shown in the 2-image album below

However, it seems there is still something weird with the carousel box. The cloud parachute and control tower pieces are still slicing as separate objects. I had this issue on mine, and had to glue them on (after the first one was knocked off mid print. Shown in this album:

Must be how it was modified and parts added?

So interesting! It seems that despite being solids, Simplify3D still gets the way the objects were assembled. Slic3r and Cura doesn't seem to present the same issue!
Have a look : http://imgur.com/a/7MqKk

Where can I find the assembly instructions for this project? I am printing the parts as we speak but not totally sure what goes where.

Hi! Have a look at the original Oana's design on http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:558600 . Her box building video is quite easy to follow. Also, check the photos I published for proper connections.
Have fun and don't forget to publish a photo with the final build-up!

Hand Cranked Vinyl Player
by Oana

i am new to 3d printer ,so i am sure the fault is with me but this is the first thing that will not print , i am trying to print the
Carousel Box but the upright parts of the box will not stick to the base and keeps failing apart when printing , i am using the wanhao duplicator I3 plus with Simplify3D , using PLA ,if anyone could help me i would be grateful for any help ,thank you

Hi! Printing long pieces can always be tricky.
The first layer is mostrly important. Try to decrease the printing speed, increase the bed temperature (from 50 to 55°C should be enough) and consider using Raft support. I will upload a version of the long tallest pieces set with supports included, just to have a simpler printing experience! Just remove the supports before the build up.

thank you for the reply and the new files but i think we might be talking about different thing.the problem i am having is printing out the file Carousel_Box.stl . when trying to print this file .the first part prints fine but when it starts doing the uprights there have no strength in the joints there just snap off when printing

Oh! I had a similar problem with ad early print of the design. I was actually using a low-quality PLA and when I decided to change to a good one, the print came up flawlessly. You may try to enable Z-Hop in your slicing software, decreasing the printing speed a little bit to improve layer strengt and increase the wall thickness. It may also depend on room temperature, since it may effect layer bonding.

Yes, which pieces from the original model do you need to print to make this? Instructions?

All of the pieces needed to print the whole desing are included. I suggest to print with (at least) 200um resolution. Have a look at the "notes" section for more tips! Feel free to write me for more suggestions!

Thank you. Sorry I missed it.

congrats! This is amazing! enjoying your new Makerbot Replicator?

Thank you! Actually I am still waiting for it to be shipped. After that it will be a long trip to Italy. I am really looking forward to test it!

Congratulations, that is one sweet remix!

Thanks! Your design was really inspiring!

Very nice work, especially the cork airplanes!

Thanks so much! Hope you'll have fun with it!

Due to a network error the Carousel_Box file was not uploaded with the others. You'll find it from now on!